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It is 20 years ago, a generation, and the details for most everyone who wasn't there are pretty sketchy. You remember Rwanda, but what do you remember? There was a genocide, something about Hutus and Tutsis. You remember that much, perhaps, if you are old enough. There was a wave of horrific violence, mass slaughter with guns. And machetes. People remember machetes.

I am not sure which of these things says more about humanity, and society -- that such a thing can happen, or that those who are alive afterward cope, grieve, seek justice, rebuild. I would like to think it is the latter. In the United States and Europe -- we know the story of Germany and its evolution and generational change since World War II.

Mostly, we do not know about the last 20 years in Rwanda.

In April, Lawdragon magazine editor-in-chief John Ryan went to Rwanda. This week, we have 10,000 words from him about his trip, long-form journalism at its best.

"Rwanda’s Long Road to Justice" is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the aftermath of genocide in the modern world. I don't mean the understanding one gets from a news bite about an international tribunal or a sentencing, or even interviews with those who were there, those who remember and maintain the graves and memorials.

I mean the understanding of how Rwandans have sought justice, and ways to ensure that such a thing will both not be forgotten and never happen again.

How are they doing, after just 20 years? I wanted to pull a quote here, something that would ... illustrate, enlighten, amplify ...

Something that would answer.

Sorry, can't do it. Full story, with photos:

Rwanda’s Long Road to Justice (blog format)

Rwanda’s Long Road to Justice (.PDF format)

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  •  Bookmarked the article. (2+ / 0-)
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    Kevskos, jeffbot

    Needs to be read. Thanks for bringing it some attention.

    "Differences in political opinion are as unavoidable as, to a certain point, they may perhaps be necessary." George Washington

    by civil wingnut on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 10:15:50 AM PDT

  •  Very interesting article. (2+ / 0-)
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    Kevskos, jeffbot

    I think overall Rwanda under Kagame has done an exemplary job in punishing genocidaires and building a new nationalism.  I have absolutely zero sympathy for the hand-wringers, including the ones cited (neutrally) in the article.  Rwandans are right to believe that transnational justice doesn't values the lives of Rwandans except when they're accused of genocide.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 10:36:50 AM PDT

  •  What I find (1+ / 0-)
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    jeffbot

    amazing about this genocide is that I never see it linked to the genocide that occurred in the neighboring country of Burundi in the early 70's where in the Tutsi were killing Hutus.  There was never a reconciliation or serious investigation.  I see the links between both events but it is never reported and the seventies event seems to be hidden under a rug or something.

    "In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism" Marine Corp Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler

    by Kevskos on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 10:55:47 AM PDT

  •  The most haunted country I've ever seen (2+ / 0-)
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    jeffbot, marsanges

    I've had the chance to spend some time in Rwanda, and the ghosts are everywhere.  The attempts at reconciliation are genuine, but it will take generations to undo the scars.  Everyone's family has a story, as either perpetrator or victim.  Given the international disregard of their recovery over the past two decades, it's remarkable the country is doing as well as it is.  But it remains so very emotionally fragile.

  •  1st kog who presents an actual profile ... (0+ / 0-)

    is also automatic ♥ from bird.

    this will be the most important diary i prepare time for, to read and to try to understand, and i do thank you for working on it. it may be that i wisely choose to give myself an entire week's worth of dedicated attention; but if i'm unable to do that, i will approach it as a 'series.'

    o ! that reminds me ! there is a 'sports event' nearby which i must attend to, relying on the ever-contagious guardian-uk LIVEBLOG for a peaceful environment in which to ride, while surfing/emailing/playing games/talking on the phone in the comfort of my own nest.

    (i'm just too distracted by men-with-beards to properly focus ... and i WILL properly focus ... on your diary.)

    Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

    by greenbird on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 04:03:40 PM PDT

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