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Rwanda ten years on (2)

Could a Rwanda-type genocide happen now? The man whose job would be to stop it is not sure.

By prospect   April 2004

The small UN observer force was isolated, and largely forgotten. Intelligence was weak, but reports were coming in of massacres, and of much worse things that could unfold in the coming months. Refugees, many of them bearing the scars of machete cuts, began to seek shelter around UN camps. So many, in fact, that there was a real threat of cholera. The security council, divided among itself by other conflicts, and tired of operations in Africa, was largely focused on other problems.

This much of the story describes two cases: Rwanda in 1994, which led to genocide, and Ituri in…

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