The Rwandan Genocide (1994)
On April 6, 1994, one of the shortest but most dreadful campaigns of mass murder in recorded history was unleashed upon the Tutsi tribe of Rwanda. In just 100 days, an estimated 800,000 to 1 million people were slaughtered with machetes and clubs. Rebelling Hutu tribal leaders first killed the nation’s president, then opposition politicians, Rwandese journalists, human rights activists and anyone else who might present an accurate report to the outside world of the campaign of mass murder. In the towns of Nyamata and Ntarama, 15,000 men, women and children were slaughtered in church sanctuaries where they had sought refuge – believing they would be safe.