Rwanda: 15 years on – photostory 3

When Rwandan President JuvĂ©nal Habyarimana was assassinated in April 1994, longstanding ethnic tensions erupted into violence. Around the country, men, women and children were slaughtered on a mass scale. The militias carrying out the killings – usually youths armed with machetes or AK-47s – also used rape as a weapon. Around 500,000 women and girls were sexually assaulted.

Thanks to Flickr I’m able to explore the world through other people’s eyes. Last night I heard the word “Rwanda” and decided to search Flickr for the keyword “Rwanda”. This is just one of the touching photos that I found. The story that goes along with it is something we should not take for granted. This is the world we live in.

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