Between April 6 and July 16, 1994, the Rwandan army and paramilitary militias carried
out the genocide of the Tutsis and moderate Hutus. During those terrible 100 days,
about one million people lost their lives. In this context, the Righteous were those who, at significant personal risk, chose not to stand by and watch but to intervene to save
children, women, and men from the massacre.
The Righteous were those who tried, albeit in vain, to warn the world of what was happening. They saved people by hiding them in makeshift places, turning existing structures into shelters for those persecuted. They took those in danger out of the country, despite the threat of armed men and the prohibition to cross the border. They exploited their privileged position to save as many people as possible.