Genocide and Crisis in Central Africa: Conflict Roots, Mass Violence, and Regional War

Genocide and Crisis in Central Africa: Conflict Roots, Mass Violence, and Regional War

by Christian P. Scherrer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275972240

ISBN-13: 9780275972240

Pub. Date: 11/30/2001

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Scherrer examines the ethnicized conflicts, periodic war, and genocide in Rwanda and Burundi. The 1994 genocide in Rwanda may have resulted in the murder of a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu, while the mass killings in Burundi, especially in 1993 when some 200,000 Hutu and Tutsi were killed, and the current ongoing war in the Congo appear to have the potential to

Overview

Scherrer examines the ethnicized conflicts, periodic war, and genocide in Rwanda and Burundi. The 1994 genocide in Rwanda may have resulted in the murder of a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu, while the mass killings in Burundi, especially in 1993 when some 200,000 Hutu and Tutsi were killed, and the current ongoing war in the Congo appear to have the potential to escalate into another round of genocide in the region. Scherrer explores the background to the conflicts in the Great Lakes Region as well as what the international community might do to break this tragic cycle of violence and despair.

Following a chapter on the history of the region before independence in 1960/61, he examines the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the subsequent attempts to promote justice, reconstruction, human rights work, and genocide prevention. Scherrer pays particular attention to the role of the Western powers, the UN, and the aid system—and he is critical of all of these institutions. He also analyzes what is happening in neighboring Burundi and the Congo. An important research for scholars and policymakers involved with Central African affairs and ethnicized conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275972240
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2001
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Rwanda and Burundi in Figures

Introduction: From Auschwitz to Central Africa

Central Africa: History of a Troubled Region

On the Historical Background to Pre-announced Genocide in Central Africa

Destructive Interaction between Rwanda and Burundi

The Genocide in Rwanda and Its Consequences

Preparations for the Genocide—The Complicity of the Churches and the Donor Countries—The Failure of the United Nations

Rwanda: Chronology and Analytical Summary

The State-Organized Genocide in Rwanda

Mass Murder, Mass Flight, and the Role of the UN

The Impact of Aid

Donor Complicity and Failures in Rwanda

New Aid Priorities since the Genocide

Crisis in the Great Lakes Region

Burundi—Rwanda's False Twin

Regional War in the Congo

Background to the Congo Crisis

Conclusions and Prospects

Appendixes

Bibliography

Index

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