This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most horrendous acts of violence to take place in modern history. On April 6th, 1994, an airplane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi was shot down as it descended into Kigali, killing everyone on board. Hutu extremists blamed ethnic Tutsis for the crash and unleashed a three-month killing spree targeting both Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Some 800,000 people were killed. Hundreds-of-thousands of survivors fled Rwanda for refugee camps in neighboring countries.
One of the first North Americans into Rwanda at the start of the genocide twenty years ago was John Schenk, photojournalist for World Vision. John joined Margaret to share his experience and reflect on how the situation has changed in Rwanda over the past twenty years, as well heightened tensions in surrounding countries.
To learn more about the genocide and reconciliation in Rwanda, as well as how World Vision is contributing to bringing lasting change there, please click here.