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The Avega Widows
Produced by: Kati Whitaker
Winner of the 2002 New Media Award for Best Radio Documentary. The l994 genocide in Rwanda was one of the worst the world has known. In the space of one hundred days, nearly one million people were killed in an attempt by the Hutu dominated government and its militia to exterminate the Tutsi population. The killings left a land of widows and orphans. Now these widows are courageously trying to rebuild their lives and care for some of the orphans, helped by Avega Agahosa, a group they have set up. Kati Whitaker of the BBC travels to Rwanda to bring their story.

Program Credits

The Avega Widows was produced by Kati Whitaker of the BBC. It originally aired as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.


The Triumph of Evil
PBS Frontline's account of the genocide filled with video and visual accounts.

20th Century Genocides
The United Human Rights Council's account of the genocide.

Genocide in Rwanda
The Peace Pledge Union, an independent organization against war, presents an in-depth account of the genocide.

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
by: Romeo Dallaire 2004
Canadian Dallaire tell his account as he witnessed the awful history the world community chose to ignore.

When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda
by: Mahmood Mamdani 2002
Mamdani's analysis provides a look at the genocide and a direction for reforming political identity in central Africa and preventing future tragedies.

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda
by: Philip Gourevitch 1999
A firsthand account of a people's response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity.

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