Twenty years on from Rwanda, what did we learn?
Published 07/04/2014 | 02:30
Twenty years ago, I witnessed one of the fastest migrations in human history, as a seemingly endless stream of Rwandans abandoned their homes to become refugees.
They were fleeing a country in chaos. Hutu extremists were continuing to massacre members of the minority Tutsi ethnic group, while the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a force largely comprised of Tutsi, were advancing from the north in response to the slaughter.
Militia roadblocks hunted for Tutsi. Travelling with us were up to 20 Tutsi and it was only through skillful negotiation by a Bosnian priest, Fr Vjeko Curic, OFM, that we managed to successfully cross the border to Burundi unharmed.