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The ignorant bystander?Britain and the Rwandan genocide of 1994$
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Dean J. White

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719095238

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719095238.001.0001

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The ignorant bystander?

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The ignorant bystander?

Dean J. White

Manchester University Press

This chapter covers the period up to end of April 1994, when the UN peacekeeping force (UNAMIR) was withdrawn from Rwanda. The chapter explores Britain’s historical relationship with Rwanda and then looks how this changed after 1990 when the civil war broke out in Rwanda. One area that it considers is the, I argue incorrect, suggestion that Britain actively supported one side in that war. The chapter also looks at how Rwanda was covered in the British media and demonstrates that the media first ignored the civil war and then misreported the outbreak of genocide. The chapter then also looks at Britain’s role on the Security Council in first approving the deployment of peacekeeping troops and then the decision to withdraw that force once the genocide began.

Keywords:   UNAMIR, Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), Edward Clay

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