From the September/October, 1998 issue of Touchstone
Anatomy of a Genocide by Kenneth W. Gunn-Walberg

Anatomy of a Genocide

The Crown, the Church, Ethnicity, & the State in the Rwandan Crisis

by Kenneth W. Gunn-Walberg

How many women, men, and children were killed in Rwanda in the weeks following April 6, 1994? Three quarters of a million, a million, perhaps as few as half a million? What of those mutilated, men minus hands or legs, children bearing marks of the machete, women raped, maimed, and tortured? Why did it happen?

Rwanda is a small country with a population of roughly eight million people. When European explorers seeking the source of the Nile entered Rwanda in the second half of the nineteenth century, they encountered three groups of people with distinct roles. The state was embodied by the king, kn . . .


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