Rwanda 20 years on: humanitarian lessons

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Rwanda 20 years on: humanitarian lessons

17 April 2014

Much has been learnt in the years since the Rwandan genocide. Senior humanitarian advisor with Concern Worldwide, Ros O'Sullivan, talks about the lessons that have paved the way for more accountable and responsible action by the international community. 

The below is an excerpt from a speech delivered by Ros on the 20-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. To read the speech in full, click on the link below.

The international community – political and humanitarian stood up and acknowledged that they could and should have done much much better and that there had been a major ‘failure to act’ to prevent the genocide and to protect the civilian population. The ensuing refugee crisis was marred by inconsistent adherence to little known professional standards and often very poor coordination and practice on behalf of response agencies. 

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Rwanda 20 years on: humanitarian lessons

Much has been learnt in the years since the Rwandan genocide. Senior humanitarian advisor with Concern Worldwide, Ros O'Sullivan, talks about the lessons that have paved the way for more accountable and responsible action by the international community.