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13 Reddit comments about Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda:

u/wordboyhere · 582 pointsr/worldnews

This is incorrect. The UN has 95,000 uniformed peacekeeping forces all over the world. Having countries negotiate through the UN has led to a decrease (but not elimination) of conflicts in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burundi, and North/South Sudan. The UN set up tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Of course much more could have been done, but they don't do nothing.

They DID do something in Rwanda. While the whole world stood idly by, Canadian General Romeo Dallaire joined their peacekeeping force and saved thousands. Again, of course so much more could have been done, but that's not nothing.

u/older_soul · 17 pointsr/TrueReddit

I'm at work right now, but I have a journal with a few brief interviews with some victims of the genocide. I'll transcribe them in the evening.

Also, watch Sometimes in April instead of Hotel Rwanda.

Excellent books on the subject: We wish to inform you that tomorrow you will be killed with your families, Machete Season (the genocidaires speak...), and Shake hands with the devil.

Also, I think it's very unlikely that PK steps down in 2017; there was talk of amending the constitution during the last round of elections.

I have a decent amount of insight, having lived there for 2 years and change, but am in no way an expert FWIW.

edit: formatting

u/Affenzahn375 · 14 pointsr/HistoryPorn

Also Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire, the leader of the UN mission in Rwanda during the genocide. It givesa fascinating perspective.

u/wizzo89 · 7 pointsr/books
  1. Shake Hands with the Devil - Gen. Romeo Dalliare
  2. 9/10
  3. Nonfiction, International Affairs, 1994 Rwandan Genocide
  4. Well written explanation of an oft misunderstood conflict from a man that was actually there. About as nonpartisan as a book on the subject could be. Incredibly tense at points and human at the other. Currently on sale for $12 (7 Aug 12)
  5. DO IT!
u/AchillesFoundation · 7 pointsr/Catholicism

Like Rwanda, where nearly a million people were killed in about a month. With machetes. Many of the early deaths when the killings started were done in churches. Since that's where people initially gathered looking for safety, that's where the genocidiers went to kill. Shake Hands with the Devil is a pretty tough but good read.

u/FuckingCryAboutIt · 5 pointsr/circlebroke

> increased troop presence in somalia destabilizing the country while ignoring genocide in rwanda

For anyone interested in the Rwandan Genocide, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by a Canadian General in charge of peacekeeping in Rwanda is a MUST read. It really lays out the frustration they were feeling trying to get the UN and its super powers more involved. The US sat by mainly because of how badly we got beat up in Somalia and that the US public was dead set against losing soldiers to conflicts that didn't directly affect them :/

u/picatdim · 2 pointsr/pics

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u/harg7769 · 2 pointsr/books

Shake Hands With The Devil - the story of the Rwandan genocide by Romeo Dallaire, the Force Commander for the UN at the time.

We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families. - Stories from the people who lived through the genocide on both sides.

u/glorious_failure · 1 pointr/books

Shake Hands with the Devil is on the list, so I'll throw that in here.

u/tebee · 1 pointr/worldnews

Huh, never heard of that before. Seems to have happened years before the genocide and whether that influenced anything is debatable, after all the genocide was committed mostly with the help of machetes.

Annan on the other hand was head of peacemaking during the genocide and according to the UN forces commander it was him who ordered the peacekeepers not to intervene multiple times.

u/Jakerod_The_Wolf · 1 pointr/worldnews

> wonder what the UN achieved there.
They saved the lives of thousands or even tens of thousands of people while the rest of the world sat back and did nothing.

A little recommended reading on the subject: Shake Hands with the Devil