The concept of humanitarian work seems simple: helping people in need. In practice, it turns out that humanitarians must struggle with many complex political, economic and moral challenges ever present in their noble path of helping those who need help the most. This proved to be the case in Rwanda in the 1990s.Learning from humanitarian historyAfrica is a continent which is often plagued by civil wars and political instability in a lot of its regions. This also results in multiple wars involving non-African nations that took place in Africa. Through the years, Africa has seen wars of independence, secessionist and separatist conflicts, and major episodes of violence. Compassionate humanitarians from all over the world traveled to Africa to provide relief for those affected by conflicts and turmoil during the past decades.