Editor's Note: This slide show contains graphic images
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, a campaign of ethnic violence that left some 800,000 people dead in 100 days. Gangs of Hutus, the country's majority ethnic group, with the aid of the Rwandan military, went door-to-door slaughtering Tutsis, an ethnic minority, as well as moderate Hutus. Thousands of Hutu civilians were also killed in reprisal attacks. The scale of the genocide is owed in part to the failure of the international community to coordinate an effective peacekeeping intervention. The violence finally ended when the Tutsi-led Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) came to power in July 1994. Since then, the politics, policies, and power struggles of the modern Rwandan state have been inextricably shaped by the memory of the genocide. This slideshow traces the story of one of the largest mass killings of the 20th century, and the nation -- both the good and troubling dimensions -- that emerged in its aftermath.
Above, skeletal remains strewn on the grounds of the Catholic mission are seen on May 5, 1994 in Rukara, Rwanda.