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The Girl Who Smiled Beads

A Story of War and What Comes After

by Elizabeth Weil, Clemantine Wamariya

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Many of us remember reading about the events that Clemantine Wamariya experienced as a six year old girl in Rwanda in 1994, when over barely 100 days, Rwanda's Hutu ethnic majority went on a rampage, brutally murdering the ethnic Tutsi minority. The state-sponsored slaughter, the culmination of at least 30 years of unrest, ended in July 1994 when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a group primarily composed of ethnic Tutsis under Paul Kagame's leadership, took over the government ending the slaughter that had taken more than 800,000 of the 7 million population. From that time on, Rwanda largely fell out of the news for most of us. So, here is a brief recap of events since then:

A view of contemporary Kigali, Rwanda's capitalRwanda was in a terrible state immediately following the official halt of hostilities. Bodies littered the roads and clogged waterways and much of the country's infrastructure lay in ruins. Most government officials had died or fled, as had others necessary for recovery such as healthcare ...

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