Journalist Philip Gourevitch Goo-RAY-vitch) is a staff writer for "The New Yorker" and is author of the 1998 book, "We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: stories from Rwanda" (Farrar Straus and Giroux). This month, his book was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for best non-fiction. It chronicles the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and it's aftermath. That spring and summer at least 800,000 people were killed in just one hundred days when the Hutu led government implemented a policy of murder against the minority Tutsis.
Professor of international law Christian Tomuschat, headed the Historical Clarification Commission on Guatemala, a United Nations-supported truth commission on human rights abuses in Guatemala during that country's 36 year civil war. A peace treaty was signed in Guatemala in 1996. The report was issued last month. It finds that the U.S. agencies knew far more about atrocities committed by the Guatemalan Army and its death squads than the United States acknowledged.
Journalist Philip Gourevitch is a staff writer for "The New Yorker" and is author of the new book, "We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: stories from Rwanda" (Farrar Straus and Giroux). It's about the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and it's aftermath. That spring and summer at least 800,000 people were killed in just one hundred days when the Hutu led government implemented a policy of murder against the minority Tutsis
Ben Kiernan is the director of the "Cambodian Genocide Project" at Yale University. Kiernan talks about why he is trying to document the mass killings and what the death of Pol Pot means for Cambodia. Kiernan wants those responsible for the crimes to face a war crimes tribunal. Kiernan is a professor of History at Yale and author of the 1996 book "The Pol Pot Regime" which has just been re-issued by Yale University Press. Pol Pot reportedly died last week of a heart attack at the age of 73. (Interview by Barbara Bogaev)
Guest host Marty Moss-Coane speaks with two experts about the refugee crisis in Rwanda and Zaire. Chris Cushing is Regional Emergency Coordinator for Care International in Zaire. Journalist Philip Gourevitch is based in Rwanda. He writes frequently on the region for The New Yorker and is currently working on a book about Rwanda and the aftermath of the 1994 civil war.
Alison Des Forges. She's a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where her specialty concerns the central African countries of Rwanda and Burundi. She's also the Co-Chair of the International Commission on Human Rights Abuse in Rwanda, and a consultant to Human Rights Watch Africa on Rwanda and Burundi. Rwanda has descended into civil strife since April 6th, when the Rwanda and the Burundi presidents were both killed in a plane crash.
Foreign Correspondent for NPR, Tom Gjelten. He's been reporting from Bosnia. Gjelten won the prestigious George Polk Award for his piece, "Massacre on the Mountaintop." The piece aired September 22, 1992 and described a massacre of 200 Bosnian Muslim men. The George Polk Award honors excellence in journalism. Gjelten also reported on the Gulf War and on the conflicts in Central America. (REBROADCAST from 4/6/93).
Foreign correspondent for "Newsday," Roy Gutman. He and his photographer were the first western journalists to report on genocide in a Serb-run concentration camp. Shortly after the story was published the camp was closed and the Red Cross let in. Their reporting led to public outrage, and official condemnation by the United Nations. Gutman won a Pulitzer Prize for this reporting.
BBC correspondent Misha Glenny has covered the war in the former Yugoslavia and is the author of the book "The Fall of Yugoslavia." Terry will talk with him about why he thinks there should be no intervention in Bosnia.
Professor of Slavic Languages at the University of Wisconsin Toma Longinovic. He is Serbian, but has been in the U.S. for about ten years. He still has family in Sarajevo. He'll talk with guest host Marty Moss-Coane about the history of Muslims in the region, and about his concerns for his family.