Remembering Rwanda

Sacha Onslow U6 writes: To mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the St Swithun's community was lucky to have a visit from Sir Edward Clay, the former British ambassador to Rwanda. After a special supper accompanied by members of the L6 politics class (and having praised the quality of the company as well as the food) Sir Edward gave a fascinating talk on his own experiences at the time, including the surprisingly informal nature of his appointment as ambassador. However, it was the reluctance of the international community to get involved in keeping the uprising peaceful that was really shocking. Providing, as a comparison to the Rwanda situation, the then contemporary unrest in Kosovo, and the almost-immediate reaction of governments worldwide to that insurgency, Sir Edward raised some interesting questions about responsibility on a global level.

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