Rwanda: Learning from the Past

A bulldozer clears away victims of the Rwanda genocide, by Sebastião Salgado

The subject of our report is Rwanda, more specifically centered around their social class interactions. The differences in social classes led to many of the problems that Rwanda has encountered, most notably the terrible genocide that occurred in the 1990's. During this time, however, global powers such as the UN could probably have done a lot more to prevent this from happening because the warfare had been on and off for decades. It is very likely that millions of people would not have died if any sort of prevention had been enforced by outside influences.

Our project is focused mostly around how the social classes led to the genocide, what could have been done to prevent it, and current groups and policies in action to help prevent further incidents. Cameron Smith wrote about the general history of Rwanda. The page on social class origins was completed by Amy Linnabary. Cheryl Stapley's page focused on the genocide's affect on Rwanda. Jenny Ervin's page includes how global forces responded before, during, and after the genocide.

The Group L to R: Cameron Smith, Jenny Ervin, Cheryl Stapley, Amy Linnabary