Genocide and the Environment
Rwanda is celebrated for its natural environment, but the country is also emerging from under the shadow of the 1994 genocide. In an outbreak of ethnically-motivated violence, an estimated 800,000 people were killed in just 3 months. Genocide scarred not just the people, but the land itself. Millions were displaced, and refugees destroyed much of the dense forest that covered the countryside. With a fast growing population, restoring these degraded ecosystems has become a national priority. Reforestation has begun, bringing vital ecosystems back to life and the nation can focus on its future rather than dwelling on the past. Produced by tve and EEMP for UNEP.