Rwanda Commemoration Project: Genocide In Our Time

Resource List

The following list of readings, poems, films and other resources is a work in progress. It consists of resources which can be used by groups in their events marking the Genocide or by individuals or classes which want to learn more about the events that took place in 1994. We encourage you to help us expand our list of readings. If you know of an appropriate resource which is not listed here, please email us at and we will try to add your suggestion to the list.

Please note: the resources listed below do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center, WCL or American University.


Books, Articles and Publications

A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide, Linda Melvern, Zed Books, ISBN: 185649831X, 2000.

A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, Samantha Power, Perennial, ISBN 0060541644, May 2003.

The Colour of Darkness, Lesley Bilinda, Hodder & Stoughton, ASIN: 0340642793, April 1996.

Ejo: Poems, Rwanda, 1991-1994 (Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry), Derick Burleson, Ronald Wallace (Editor), Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1st edition (November 30, 2000) ISBN: 0299170241.

Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda, Michael Barnett, Cornell University Press, ISBN: 0801488672, 2003.

The Graves Are Not Yet Full: Race, Tribe, and Power in the Heart of Africa, Bill Berkeley, Basic Books, ISBN: 0465006426, 2002.

The Key to My Neighbor's House: Seeking Justice in Bosnia and Rwanda, Elizabeth Neuffer, Picador USA, ISBN: 0312302827, 2002.

The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Rwanda and Yugoslavia, Carol Off, Vintage Canada, ISBN: 0679311386, 2001.

Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda, Rosamond Halsey Carr, Plume, ISBN: 0452282020, 2000.

Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda, Alison Liebhafsky Des Forges, Human Rights Watch, ISBN: 1564321711, 1999.

Mass Hate: The Global Rise of Genocide and Terror, Neil J. Kressel, Westview Press, ISBN: 0813339510, 2002.

Me Against My Brothers: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson, Routledge, ISBN: 0415921988, April 2000.

Out of Madness, A Matriarchy, Kimberly Acquaro and Peter Landesman,

Rwanda: Death, Despair and Defiance, African Rights, African Rights, ISBN: 1899477039, 1995.

Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide, Organization of American Unity, International Panel of Eminent Personalities, 2000,

Rwanda and Genocide in the Twentieth Century, Alain Destexhe, Alison Marschner, William Shawcross, New York University Press, ISBN: 0814718736, 1996.

The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide, Gérard Prunier, Columbia University Press; ISBN: 023110409X, 1995.

Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey, Fergal Keane, Penguin USA, ISBN: 0140247602, 1997.

Shake Hands with the Devil : The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, Romeo Dallaire, ISBN: 067931178, 2003.

Testimony Before House Subcommittee on Africa, Howard Wolpe, Special Envoy, Washington, DC, September 28, 1999,

The US and the Genocide in Rwanda in 1994, William Ferroggiaro (ed.), National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book, August 20, 2001,

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, Philip Gourevitch, Picador USA, ISBN: 0312243359, 1999.

When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda, Mahmood Mamdani, Princeton University Press, ISBN: 0691102805, 2002.

Witness to Genocide: The Children of Rwanda: Drawings by Child Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, Richard A. Salem and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Friendship Press; ISBN: 0377003301, May 2000.


100 Days in Rwanda -

A Good Man in Hell: General Romeo Dallaire and the Rwanda Genocida available free from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Contact Bridget Conley at

Gacaca -

Itsembatsemba: Rwanda One Genocide Later -

The Triumph of Evil -

Valentina's Nightmare -

Photo Exhibits

Tears in the Green
Summarizing three years from the Genocide to the rebuilding of the new Rwanda. Erez T Yanuv Barzilay, Shai Lah Productions.

Through the Eyes of Children: The Rwanda Project
A traveling exhibition, is the result of continuing photographic workshops for children who live at the Imbabazi Orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Many of the children were orphaned by the 1994 genocide in their country. Provided with cameras and a chance to express themselves through photography, most doing so for the very first time, the children's work is visually stunning and informative, providing the viewer with a window into their lives.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
A photo essay by photojournalist Kimberly Acquaro documenting Rwandan women�s emerging rights and roles in the country�s reconciliation and reconstruction.

Contact Information for Rwanda Diplomats in the US

Embassy of Rwanda to the United States
1714 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20009
Telephone: (202) 232-2882
Fax: (202) 232-4544

Permanent Representative of the Rwandese Republic to the United Nations
124 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 679-9010/9023/9024
Fax: (212) 679-9133
Correspondence: French/English