Trivia: In one scene Paul is listening to the radio and a broadcast of the debate about whether what was happening in Rwanda was considered genocide. During the conflict there was a news conference that was very similar to the one on the radio. One of the reasons that the US and UN would not label (or appear to label) the situation as genocide was that under legal obligations they would have had to act to prevent and punish the perpetrators if they said what was happening in Rwanda was genocide.
Trivia: The character of Col. Oliver (Nick Nolte) is partly based on that of Canadian Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire who led the UN peacekeeping efforts in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Some have criticised the makers of the film for portraying Dallaire as incompetent and unable to help in almost any way. Dallaire in the conflict despite having a shortage of soldiers, helped set up "safe zones" for Tutsis to escape from the Hutu militia. Dallaire's action have said to have saved around 20,000 from certain death.