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Rwanda 20 Years Later

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. In 100 days, from April to July 1994, between 500,000 and one million Rwandans, predominantly Tutsis, were massacred when a Hutu extremist–led government launched a plan to wipe out the country’s entire Tutsi minority and any others who opposed their policies. 

Learn more about the history of the Rwandan genocide.

Turning Points in the Lead-Up to the Genocide

The Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide, in partnership with the National Security Archive, is conducting a documentation and oral history project examining turning points in the Rwandan genocide when international action could have made a difference. The Museum is releasing each of these turning points as an “electronic briefing book” containing a selection of annotated documents, photographs, and eyewitness testimony. 

Honoring Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire

On April 30, the Museum will present Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, former commander of  UN peacekeeping forces in Rwanda, with the Elie Wiesel Award at our annual National Tribute Dinner, held in conjunction with Holocaust Days of Remembrance events in Washington, DC. We will honor General Dallaire for his bravery and moral courage in standing up to his superiors, for saving countless lives, and for trying to protect thousands more. Previous winners of the award include Elie Wiesel and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi.