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Published on Nov 6, 2014
On the evening of 6 April 1994, the plane carrying Juvenal Habyarimana, the President of Rwanda, and Cyprien Ntaryamira, the President of Burundi, was shot down over Kigali. The assassinations shattered the fragile peace established by the Arusha Accords, brokered in the hope of ending the armed conflict between the Rwandan Patriotic Front and the Rwandan Government.
During the 100 bloody days that followed, unimaginable violence overtook the country. Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes were perpetrated on a horrific scale, primarily against Tutsi civilians and moderate Hutus. Soldiers, gendarmes, politicians, Interahamwe and ordinary citizens were amongst the perpetrators.
Between eight-hundred thousand and one million men, women and children were massacred by Hutu extremists - a rate of killing four times greater than at the height of the Nazi Holocaust.
In the aftermath of the Genocide in Rwanda, the ICTR has been at the forefront of the global fight against impunity, prosecuting those considered most responsible for the gravest crimes committed in 1994. As the Tribunal approaches the end of its mandate, its legacy lays the foundation for a new era in international criminal justice.
Video narration by Clarke Peters Directed and edited by Aaron Ohlmann Produced by David Clair for Special Order, Inc Cinematography by Jerry Henry Written by Matt Graham Color and titles by Francisco Garcia Nava Music by Cinematic Orchestra and Mesthetics Music supervision by Kel Bryant Additional media provided by AP Archive, Magnum Photos and the UNICTR