This Monday marked twenty years since the horrific series of events that unfolded in Rwanda. A ceremony including reenactments of the mass murders commemorated the tragedy that decimated the country and left over 800,000 ethnic Tutsis dead. After the crisis, the international community sounded numerous promises of “never again” and admissions of regret. Never the less, many Africans have died since then through numerous instances of ethnic conflict and sectarian violence.
The international community, specifically the UN has implemented new programs and appointed advisors for the preventions of genocide in the hopes that’s such a tragedy will never gain occur. The inability for the UN to enact lasting change, however, is evident in another case of sectarian conflict that may erupt into mass violence any day. The conflict I reference lies in the Central African Republic.
I again write about the conflict in the CAR because it seems like very few people are aware of a situation very similar those of Rwanda and South Sudan, before their devastation, but maybe even more reminiscent of the atrocities committed in the Bosnian War – slow burning, but atrocities nonetheless. Violence persists in the central African country and many key indicators that should have alerted the international community of the chaos and killing that would ensue in Rwanda are starting to appear in the CAR. Western hind-site for crisis such as these is always insighful, their foresight, however, is not.
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