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today’s holiday: Fossey Day (2014)


Fossey Day (2014)

American conservationist Dian Fossey (1932-1985) conducted groundbreaking research on Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, a species long victimized by wide-scale poaching, and helped ensure their preservation. Fossey was murdered in her cabin at a research center in the Virunga Mountains on December 27, 1985. Ceremonies for the anniversary of her death take place in Volcanoes National Park, which contains a permanent memorial to the zoologist. Individuals typically perform traditional dances, while government officials deliver speeches and lay wreaths on her grave site. More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: RWANDAN GENOCIDE BEGINS (1994)


Rwandan Genocide Begins (1994)

In 1993, after years of conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups in Rwanda, a new accord was signed and a UN peacekeeping mission was established. However, when Rwanda‘s and Burundi‘s presidents were killed in a suspicious plane crash in April 1994, civil strife erupted on a massive scale. Rwandan soldiers and Hutu gangs slaughtered an estimated 500,000 to 1 million people, mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus, in the 100 or so days before the Tutsis regained power. What has happened since? More… Discuss

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