The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is a haunting chapter in Rwanda’s history, and hearing the perspective of photojournalist Mark Peters, a seasoned photographer for American Magazine Newsweek, whose lens captured the unimaginable horrors as they unfolded, sheds light on the horrors witnessed during that time. Mark's firsthand account of the events portrays the urgency and compassion he felt as he witnessed the violence unfold. From rescuing nuns to helping the vulnerable seek refuge, his bravery and commitment to documenting the truth is evident. It is disheartening that the world took so long to respond to the genocide against the Tutsi, but Mark remains hopeful for Rwanda's transformation and sees it as a beacon of hope. I had the opportunity to sit down with Mark during a recent encounter, where he recounted his harrowing experiences during those fateful days. Even as he nears his 70th birthday, the scenes he witnessed remain etched in his memory, forever shaping his perspective on humanity's capacity for both cruelty and resilience. Mark's journey into the heart of the genocide began when he received a phone call from a colleague in the media, alerting him to the escalating violence in Rwanda. Without hesitation, he booked a flight to the country, arriving in Kigali with his camera in hand. His first stop was the Hotel Des Mille Collines, a place that would soon become synonymous with stories of survival amidst unspeakable horror. From the moment he set foot in Kigali, Mark's lens bore witness to the chaos and desperation that gripped the city. On one occasion, he encountered four nuns fleeing from an approaching crowd. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, Mark took it upon himself to ensure their safety, ultimately driving them to a makeshift refuge he had stumbled upon earlier. The gravity of the situation became apparent when an object struck the back windshield of his car, a chilling reminder of the imminent danger that lurked outside. Throughout his time in Rwanda, Mark ventured into different parts of the country, documenting scenes that revealed the extent of the genocide against the Tutsi. In a suburb abandoned by expatriates, he encountered a macabre sight—the bodies of victims strewn in the streets, left to be devoured by stray dogs. Despite his attempts to intervene, the dogs growled, warning him to keep his distance. Overwhelmed by the brutality he witnessed, Mark could only retreat, haunted by the horrors that unfolded before him. Among the countless images captured by Mark's lens, there are those that remain forever etched in his memory. He vividly recalls a young girl, clutching onto her lifeless child with unwavering determination, refusing to let go. In an act of mercy, Mark helped a young pregnant woman deliver her child, providing a glimmer of hope amid the darkness. Later that evening, the same girl approached him, handing him the lifeless body of her precious child, seeking solace in his compassion. Mark laid the child to rest beneath the shade of a tree, a poignant moment of grieving amidst unspeakable loss. While the world remained largely unaware of the horrors unfolding in Rwanda, Mark and a handful of international correspondents struggled to bring attention to the genocide against the Tutsi. The slow response from the international community and the United Nations continues to confound him. The delayed intervention allowed the genocide to claim the lives of over a million Tutsi, leaving an enduring scar on the collective consciousness of humanity. In the closing moments of our conversation, Mark expressed his belief that Rwanda's transformation serves as a beacon of hope, not just for the African continent but for the world at large. The resilience and progress that Rwanda has achieved since those dark days stand as a testament to the power of reconciliation and the determination to rebuild a shattered nation. As we commemorate the 100 days that marked the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Mark emphasizes the importance of never forgetting the atrocities committed during that time. By recounting these events to future generations, we instill the crucial lessons of tolerance, compassion, and vigilance. It is our responsibility to ensure that such a devastating chapter in human history is never repeated. The significance of Mark's photographs lies not only in their ability to capture the brutality and despair of the genocide but also in their capacity to inspire collective action. Through his lens, he reminds us of the power of bearing witness to injustice and the urgent need to respond to such atrocities wherever they may occur. It is in the face of darkness that the light of humanity must shine brightest. As we reflect on Mark's account and the countless untold stories of survivors and witnesses, let us recommit ourselves to the pursuit of justice, empathy, and the preservation of human dignity. May the memories of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda serve as a constant reminder that it is our duty to create a world where such atrocities are no longer a part of our shared reality.