Editorial Letters

By Erich D. Mathias, Christopher Jacobson, aand Mark Sappenfield | The Christian Science Monitor, December 19, 1995 | Go to article overview

Editorial Letters


Erich D. Mathias, Christopher Jacobson, aand Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor


Why Genocide in Rwanda Is on the Rise - Again

The front-page article "A Genocide Later, Rwanda Again on Edge," Nov. 28, leaves out critical information regarding Rwanda.

First, one reason for the resurgence of Rwanda's genocidal killers has been the assistance of Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, who has provided murderers both the space to operate and the ammunition to re-arm.

Second, according to the Human Rights Watch Arms Project, several other countries have supplied weapons to members of Rwanda's former government.

While the international community and the UN belatedly arrived to provide humanitarian relief to Rwandans, these same actors have failed to come through with enough assistance to help Rwanda adequately house its prisoners, charge and try perpetrators of violence, and disarm and rebuild its nation.

Erich D. MathiasIndianapolis

Program Associate

Joint Ministry in Africa

Welfare reform not good

I am surprised that the Monitor supports the congressional welfare reform bill in the editorial "White House Hamlet," Nov. 16. Welfare reform is one thing; increasing the number of hungry people is another. Even if the number of children in poverty does not rise by 1.2 million, as the administration estimates, there will be a large increase in the number of hungry children.

Block grants for food stamps will give states the power to go far below the current federal nutritional standards. …

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