The UNAMIR commander requested permission from U.N. headquarters to seize the cached weapons and protect the informant and his family. U.N. headquarters forbade the UNAMIR commander from taking any action (Haynes). Thus, in the months leading up the genocide, United Nations Secretary General Koffi Annan was informed that arms were being stockpiled in Rwanda and that some form of human rights crisis was about to start. Annan did nothing, however, except order the U.N. to warn the Rwandan President of what was occurring. Of course, it was President Habyarimana himself that had ordered the genocide, so the warning fell on deaf ears (Hentoff 1).
As the world stood by, unwilling to send even a few thousand peacekeepers to Rwanda, in 1994 the Hutu government carried out the most grisly and efficient killing spree in the history of mankind. To mark the beginning of their rampage, the Hutu marauders kidnapped, tortured, and mutilated 10 Belgian peacekeepers as a warning to the Western world to not interfere. Then, roadblocks were set up and death squads took to the streets (Haynes). Over the course of one hundred days, government storm troopers used firearms, machetes, and even garden implements to massacre between 800,000 and one million ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus. In effect, the government attempted to exterminate the minority ethnicity in Rwanda (Power). As the