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Rwanda counts the cost of atrocities

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6969.1601 (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1601
  1. Claudia Court
  1. BMJ Rwanda 1994, a report of the genocide is available from Physicians for Human Rights, c/o University Department of Forensic Medicine, The Royal Infirmary, Dundee DD1 9ND.

    As many as one million Rwandan men, women, and children were murdered between April and June this year—an event described in a new report from Physicians for Human Rights as “one of the nastiest episodes of human behaviour ever to take place.”

    The report is the result of an investigation that sought to record human rights abuses as well as instances of medical staff “participating or colluding with human rights abuses.” Two delegates from Physicians for Human Rights spent 12 days in July travelling through Rwanda, examining and recording evidence from witnesses as well as sites of massacres. Their report says: “It …

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