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Scene taken from the documentary “Crossroads”
This documentary’, by Hillie Molenaar and Joop van Wijk, highlights the changes due to the massive flow of Rwandan civil war refugees to Tanzania in 1994. Hundreds of thousands Rwandanese have taken shelter just across the border near the village Ngara, next to Tanzania’s important trade route. The local population is trying to make ends meet albeit the Rwandan refugees heavily influence the economics and the safety of the area. Local Tanzanians describe how they cope with the economic difficulties and the increasing crime. Also, the construction of the refugee camp Benaco for the Rwandese near Ngara has been a big change for the local community. The documentary successfully shows how the horrific civil war in Rwanda also has its severe consequences across the border.