Humanitarian aid, genocide and mass killings

The Rwandan Experience

By Jean-Hervé Bradol and Marc Le Pape

Humanitarian aid, genocide and mass killings


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1551-5
  • Pages: 160
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: January 2017
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief, HISTORY / Africa / East, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Genocide & War Crimes, Aid & Relief Programmes, Humanities / African history, Humanities / Genocide & ethnic cleansing
  • Series: Humanitarianism: Key Debates and New Approaches


Throughout the 1990s, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was forced to face the challenges posed by the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis and a succession of outbreaks of political violence in Rwanda and its neighbouring countries. Humanitarian workers were confronted with the execution of almost one million people, tens of thousands of casualties pouring into health centres, the flight of millions of people who had sought refuge in camps and a series of deadly epidemics. Drawing on various hitherto unpublished private and public archives, this book recounts the experiences of the MSF teams working in the field. It is intended for humanitarian aid practitioners, students, journalists and researchers with an interest in genocide and humanitarian studies and the political sociology of international organisations.


'The book offers valuable insight into the moral dilemmas faced by humanitarian organizations as they seek to provide food, shelter, and medical assistance to large numbers of desperate people.'
Holocaust and Genocide Studies


Introduction: through the eyes of field teams' members
1. From the persecution of Kinyarwanda speakers in Uganda to the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis
2. Rwandan refugee camps in Tanzania and Zaire, 1994-5
3. The new Rwanda
4. Refugees on the run in war-torn Zaire, 1996-7
Epilogue: the effectiveness of aid in the face of repeated mass atrocities


Jean-Hervé Bradol is Director of Studies at the Centre de réflexion sur l'action et les savoirs humanitaires, Fondation Médecins Sans Frontières, Paris

Marc Le Pape is Associate Researcher at IMAF (Institut des Mondes Africains, Centre national de la recherche
scientifique, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Université Paris 1)

Humanitarian aid, genocide and mass killings

By Jean-Hervé Bradol, Marc Le Pape

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