Elizabeth Barad

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Lt. General Roméo Dallaire (Rtd) was the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) during the genocide 21 years ago. He warned the U.N. of the forthcoming massacres, but he was ignored. The genocide and the failed international response haunt him to this day.


Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the only woman indicted for rape and genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, was sentenced to life imprisonment on 24 June 2011. Elizabeth Barad reflects on the 10-year trial of Rwanda’s former minister for family and women’s affairs and her son, who was also given a life sentence for rape, genocide and crimes against humanity.


On the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday, Elizabeth Barad reflects on the lives of anti-apartheid heroes, the late Walter and Albertina Sisulu and Helen Suzman.

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