Monday, April 05, 2004

Rwanda: tally of the genocide dead

Depending on source, the number of people said to have been killed during the Rwandan genocide can range anywhere between 500,000 and a million.

A few days ago, the Rwandan government released the results of a census ... it found 937,000 were killed in those 100 days in 1994.
He [Robert Bayigamba, the minister for youth, culture and sports] said the death toll could increase when the Gacaca justice system becomes fully operational as many perpetrators of the genocide were expected to testify about the people they killed. The Gacaca trials, based on traditional communal justice, are expected to begin later this year.
Here is a BBC Q&A on the Gacaca system ... more detail here and here.