Rwandan genocide

Walking to mark every day of the Rwandan genocide

Hyppolite Ntigurirwa talks about why he spent 100 days walking across Rwanda
When Hyppolite Ntigurirwa was seven years old he saw his father killed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This year is the 25th anniversary of the genocide and Hyppolite has just completed 100 day walk across Rwanda. The 100 days represent each of the days that the massacres took place. He spoke to BBC Newsday's Shaimaa Khalil about why he started this journey. 

(Photo: Hyppolite Ntigurirwa Credit: Dylan Cuddy/BeThePeaceWalk)

Why did so many Rwandans convert to Islam?

The rise of Islam in Rwanda post-genocide
This week, Rwanda has been marking the 25th anniversary of its genocide. 

A quarter of a century on, one of the relatively unknown results of the massacre is the rise of Islam in Rwanda.

Muslims shielded, saved and harboured Tutists as they were chased down by Hutus; where there was once only a handful of believers, it’s estimated that the Rwandan population is 10% Muslim. 

Audrey Brown speaks to Abousalem, who became a Muslim twenty years ago as a direct result of what he saw during the genocide, aged 15. He saw how Christian churches were unable to protect people who had fled to there for safety. 

(Photo credit: Getty images)

Rwanda - The Warped Solidarity of Hate

How propaganda convinced ordinary people to believe that genocidal murder was a civic duty
In the second part of his series on the mechanics of hate, Allan Little explores how a relentless propaganda campaign fuelled the genocide in Rwanda. We hear how a radio station helped create a perverse moral climate where killing your neighbour felt like the right thing to do. With the help of psychologists and genocide experts, Little learns how human beings can be primed to believe that murderous hatred is a virtue and that eliminating your colleagues and even your friends is a civic duty.
Presenter: Allan Little
Producer: Xavier Zapata
Editor: Helen Grady
Rwanda genocide: Country commemorates 25 years after massacre
Rwanda's president Paul Kagame has led ceremonies to commemorate its 25th anniversary

The man who saved over a thousand lives in Rwanda

Paul Rusesabagina saved hundreds of lives during the Rwandan genocide of 1994
As Rwanda marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide in which around a tenth of the population was killed, Julian Worricker speaks to Paul Rusesabagina, who at great personal risk saved over one thousand lives.  His story was immortalised in the film Hotel Rwanda.