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In April Of , The Government Of Rwanda Called On Everyone In The Hutu Majority To Kill Everyone In The Tutsi Minority Over The Next Three Months Tutsis Were Murdered In The Most Unambiguous Case Of Genocide Since Hitler S War Against The Jews Philip Gourevitch S Haunting Work Is An Anatomy Of The Killings In Rwanda, A Vivid History Of The Genocide S Background, And An Unforgettable Account Of What It Means To Survive In Its Aftermath


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    To be honest, Gourevitch s book doesn t sound inviting What book about genocide could And its title alone suggests a kind of vicious, heart stopping sadness that many of us would prefer to turn away from Which may, in fact, be the point Either way, Gourevitch s writing won t let you turn away He tells the story of the Rwandan genocide in a prose so wonderfully crafted and infused with anger and insight as to be nearly hypnotic From the opening pages, the young reporter confronts his own very mixed emotions as he tours a schoolhouse where decomposed cadavers, piled two and three high, carpet the floors of several rooms I had never been among the dead before, he writes What to do Look Yes I wanted to see them, I suppose I had come to see them Yet looking at the buildings and the bodies, and hearing the silence of the place, with the grand Italianate basilica standing there deserted, and beds of exquisite, decadent, death fertilized flowers blooming over the corpses it was still strangely unimaginable I mean one still had to imagine it This is precisely what Gourevitch so brilliantly accomplishes in We Wish to Inform You allowing us to imagine, with uncomfortable immediacy, such unimaginable inhumanity It took 100 days in 1994 for ruling Hutus to slaughter 800,000 of their Tutsi countrymen But such a statistic only cracks open the door to a world where the victims were killed not by gas or ovens but with swinging machetes where preachers presided over the killing of their parishes, husbands over the killing of their wives where the French army intervened in favor of the killers and the U.S government didn t intervene at all and where the United Nations peacekeepers, before abandoning the country altogether, fired their weapons only to stop dogs from eating the corpses Apparently, international concern was focused on disease than genocide.Through a myriad of interviews with unflagging energy he talks to survivors, killers, politicians and generals Gourevitch helps bring a dose of understanding and even, improbably, hope to the madness He is at his most interesting, though, when speculating on the fate of Rwandan society In a remarkable bit of analysis, he suggests that the very fact of Rwandan culture that helped usher in the killing Rwandans tendency to do as they are told may, in fact, help restore calm How else can the government integrate so many killers back into society except to order that it be so Read the full review here


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    NON VI DIMENTICHEREMO Murambi, tombe collettive.Questa non solo una storia africana Non solo una lotta tra hutu e tutsi una storia che riguarda l umanit intera Perch non esistono essere umani pi umani degli altri.Murambi, Memoriale del Genocidio.Nel pi piccolo paese dell Africa, il Rwanda, in un territorio di poco pi grande della Sicilia, in un paesaggio che a volte ricorda le Langhe, altre la Svizzera, tra il 6 aprile e la met di luglio del 1994 si consumato il genocidio pi cruento e rapido della storia dell umanit si calcola che in circa cento giorni siano stati uccisi un milione di rwandesi, per la maggior parte tutsi il calcolo attualmente si avvicinato al milione e duecentomila morti, di cui i tutsi furono l 80% Gli assassini furono efficientissimi e riuscirono ad ammazzare anche pi di diecimila persone in un solo giorno quattrocento morti all ora, uno ogni sette minuti.Tuttora in Rwanda si continuano a scoprire fosse comuni Murambi si stava costruendo una Scuola Tecnica secondaria il vescovo locale spinse la popolazione tutsi a rifugiarsi in questo luogo per via della presunta protezione delle truppe francesi il conto dei morti arriva a 65.000 adesso gli edifici destinati alla scuola sono stati trasformati in un memoriale del genocidio.A dieci anni dai fatti, io ho voluto essere presente alle commemorazioni del genocidio oltre che per documentare le cerimonie, funebri e non, ufficiali e non, per vedere come sta il paese per vedere soprattutto come sta la gente, come ha reagito all orrore, come vive o sopravvive Ntituzabibagirwa scritto sulle croci delle tombe a Murambi, nel sudovest del paese, dove furono trucidati almeno sessantamila persone, bambini e vecchi inclusi, donne e uomini Per me sar impossibile dimenticare Spero di non essere il solo.Le mille colline.Philip Gourevitch un giornalista che ha collaborazioni prestigiose alle spalle, tra cui per cinque anni alla direzione della Paris Review Questo libro frutto di nove viaggi in Rwanda e nei paesi limitrofi nell arco di due anni Ha vinto parecchi premi Dieci anni dopo Gourevitch si occupato anche di Abu Ghraib.Se un difetto, uno e uno solo, posso indicare per questo splendido e devastante racconto la mancanza di note, come nella consuetudine statunitense lo fanno per facilitare la lettura, ma io ne ho sentito la mancanza Per il resto, che dire Gi il titolo un pugno nello stomaco, come il resto.Probabilmente il libro pi bello mai scritto sul genocidio rwandese Se bello parola che si possa accostare a quell orrore.Murambi, memoriale del Genocidio.


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    When I would tell my friends about how great of a book this is, I got a lot of, I can t read that, it s too upsetting This came from my progressive, non profit sector, CSA share owning friends And I know what they mean But seriously, you should read this book anyway.And not just because it s important to understand the things that have gone on in this world during our time and before in order to change the future Also because Gourevitch discusses some things in this book that I ve never read discussion of anywhere else.For instance, he writes about Rwanda s then Vice President and now President Kagame Because he was not an ideologue, Kagame was often called a pragmatist But that suggests an indifference to principle and he sought to make a principle of being being rational And, oh man, really, you have to read the rest of that paragraph, it s on page 225 He says against those who preferred violence to reason, Kagame was ready to fight And he doesn t mean violent fighting, he means engaging in taking principled stands against those who wish to get people wrapped up in insanity instead of engaging with others in a reality based and clear headed way I mean, golly For some reason, reading that makes my heart race with excitement.There s another part, too, that makes me pretty much freak out, and it s on page 259 when talking about how the people guilty of genocide tried and mostly succeeded in reshaping the conversation about the genocide to hide their guilt He says, With the lines so drawn, the war about the genocide was truly a postmodern war a battle between those who believed that because the realities we inhabit are constructs of our imaginations, they are all equally true or false, valid or invalid, just or unjust, and those who believed that constructs of reality can in fact, must be judged as right or wrong, good or bad I practically jumped out of my seat when I read this because I have this pet, uhhh, hobby of raging against people who believe we all construct our own realities and that there is no such thing as objective truth Gourevitch shows us, in this book, how denying objective reality can be a matter of life or death or, at the very least, justice or injustice I have to say about the book, like how I learned from it that that crazy person who crazy people on street corners across America give out weird political tracts about, Lyndon LaRouche, spread information that the Tutsis committed genocide against the Hutus, not the other way around, and they did it with help from British royalty or some such thing Ahhh, you know, I always assumed that LaRouche guy was insane because his followers tend to have those crazy eyes, but thanks, this confirms it And I have to talk about than that Lots Hey, you should read the book, and then we can talk about it, ok Whattayasay


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    It would seem that such a brutal ordeal would be beneath us in the 1990 s, the stuff of darker days such as what occurred during the Holocaust and the Cambodian Genocide, but sadly the Rwandan Genocide not only took place less than thirty years ago, but little effort was made initially to stop it This book is much than just writing It s a shocking but necessary piece of history discussing the experiences of those who lived and died back in 1994, as well as what led up to the genocide If one thing is made clear, there will never be any excuse as to why this incident occurred in the first place While the blame could be laid on several factors contributing, what speaks volumes louder are the people affected, mostly the Tutsi population While Africa may seem a long way away for many readers, this book really puts things into perspective we always think that could never be us but these were ordinary people just like anybody else, and politics, power and class warfare pitted people against each other, the effects of which continue to this day This book might be older but it s still no less important and a very worthwhile read.


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    This is not an easy book to read But Gourevitch takes a tragedy about which most of the world knows very little the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis in 1994 and he thoroughly explores it, and along the way he humanizes it This is a story about genocide, about war and politics, yes, but over it s a story about the people who lived through the horror of genocide, and those who died Gourevitch talks to anyone who will tell him their story, it seems survivors of the genocide, military officials, humanitarian aid workers, politicians, and even accused and confessed murderers, and he tries to make sense of how such a large scale monstrosity could occur, and how it could be so easily ignored by the rest of the world He condemns the UN and Western nations rather harshly, but long before you reach the end of the book you are convinced that they deserve every ounce of condemnation he gives them, and , for their failure to intercede in one of the most devastating human tragedies of the 20th century.This is not a book that can or should be read quickly It s frightening, and educational, and mind boggling, and gripping, and infuriating, and most of all it s terribly sad It s also a fascinating insight into a darker part of humanity not only those who committed the genocide, but those who, through inaction, allowed it to happen It is important, it is well worth reading, and it is highly recommended.


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    I read this book while volunteering in Burundi, a country that has experienced a parallel civil conflict to that of Rwanda, but with much less international attention The book is full of chilling stories, exposing both the horror of the actions of the Rwanda orchestrators of the genocide, the willing and complicit participants in carrying out the genocide, and the willful inaction and facilitation of the conflict by international actors, including the U.S government Most striking to me was the sheer volume of stories in which important local religious leaders figured Many trusted pastors purposefully gathered their parishioners together so that the Interahamwe militias would be able to slaughter them efficiently The title of the book comes from one of these stories, in which the parishioners write to their pastor and to local officials asking for their intervention only to be told that it is God s will that their kind be eradicated.This is a very difficult book to finish, but it s well worth it Lots of food for thought on the current inaction regarding events in Darfur, Sudan The international community always seems to be able to proclaim never again in the wake of instances of ethnic cleansing, but actually acting on that promise seems distressingly a rare occurrence.


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    It happened, therefore it can happen again this is the core of what we have to say It can happen, and it can happen everywhere. Primo LeviHow do you rate a book about genocide On the merits of the reporting On its balanced or just interpretation of history On its tone or political slant On the first hand accounts presented On your personal horror at both reading about what happened, and at probing the limits of your own ignorance How did I not know this The 5 stars is first and foremost a Thank You to Gourevitch for writing such a well documented, historically detailed, passionate account of the Rwandan genocide After reading We Wish to Inform You, I am than ashamed that I knew very little of the tragedies Rwandans suffered during the 1990s and beyond, past and present This book provides an excellent history, and contextualizes events enough to allow even those very poorly educated in the matters of African colonization like myself to grasp some kind of understanding or informed incomprehension.I also appreciated hearing the voices of the Rwandans Gourevitch interviewed as part of his research and reporting Both factions Tutsis and Hutus are represented, though the voices of the Tutsis are what shapes the narrative These voices do not quite constitute an oral history, but offer the same effect a nuanced and humanized perspective that is much insightful into the human condition, imho, than traditional histories, which are fascinating of course, but which tend towards the abstract.I am not quite sure how to rate other aspects of the work, but I also figure, any flaws are minor compared to the overall appraisal, which is that I think everyone should read this book, because as humans, we should not be ignorant of such potentialities in our own natures Usually when reading history, I am critical or at least, I try to be but in this case, there is a dearth of written material on the subject, and general public awareness is also limited, if it exists at all Also, the flaws I refer to may not even be flaws one, for example, is that Gourevitch editorializes at times and does not always stick to the detached journalistic voice But in this case how can I blame him Gourevitch is not a historian plus historians editorialize all the time, if history is interpretation And, as a child of Holocaust survivors, he is understandably passionately empathetic with the Tutsi s case as probably we should all be, as human children.Content wise, I would not do the work any justice if I attempted any kind of brief summary But I will say this one aspect that sadly did not surprise me, yet still angered me to tears, was the West s complicity in both turning a blind eye to the Tutsi s plight, and in fomenting conflict in the region to begin with in the process of colonization and subsequent support for dictatorial puppets Highly Recommended.


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    This was fantastic A blending of superb writing and journalistic skills, to tell both the individual and national stories of the Rwandan genocide I was marking sections in my book to quote from, but I ended up with 20 passages It answered all of my own questions of how it happened, why international governments or agencies didn t step in to help and what happened afterwards Essential reading.


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    All at once, as it seemed, something we could have only imagined was upon us and we could still only imagine it This is what fascinates me most in existence the peculiar necessity of imagining what is, in fact, real.This was a very difficult book to read, and an even harder book to review If it wasn t for my library s year long reading challenge, and the prompt to read a book written by a journalist , I never would have even picked this up But I m so glad I did, however horrible it was to read It explained a lot of the questions I had about this dark time My only other knowledge of the Rwandan Genocide came entirely from the film Hotel Rwanda, which really only showed a select part of the story, and left a great deal of context out It s a fantastic film, and I do really recommend it, but this book definitely far surpasses it in terms of information and educational value.This book is split into two main parts, and in general, they follow first the events leading up to and including the massacre, and then the aftermath and recovery efforts if some of them can even be called that It s a tiring tale with apocalyptic elements straight out of a far fetched science fiction novel It feels a little unreal sometimes, this dark age story from just a few years before I was born It feels anachronistic but then, looking at the world I live in now, so very relevant and intrinsically real.The massacre itself, this cruel act of genocide, was, and I feel wrong admitting this, my favorite part of the book It was straightforwardly awful, and there was some part of it that was morbidly fascinating Gourevitch addresses this phenomenon directly and gives excellent commentary on it without either condemning or condoning This same very direct but equally objective perspective pervades the entire book, and I really appreciated it It sometimes happens that some people tell lies and others tell the truth The part that disgusted me beyond even the senseless slaughter itself was the reaction or lack thereof on the part of the international community, primarily regarding America and France I guess people just want to ignore that the French actively supplied the Hutu aggressors and that the world refused to call this a genocide lest they be required to give any aid whatsoever And when they were forced to help, they continued to help those doing the killing and ignored those who suffered the most And why For what What could have possibly made these modern nations commit such atrocities You cannot count on the international community unless you re rich, and we are not We don t have oil, so it doesn t matter that we have blood, or that we are human beings And it makes sense look at the USA s constant neglect of even its own people in recent years and throughout history, as seen in the Michigan water crisis, in post hurricane Puerto Rico, and in the systematic abuse of African Americans and Mexican immigrants, particularly children What seems, at face value, wrong and illogical that first world countries in the modern age could be so cruel and unusual against their fellow man is actually very, very believable.And when Rwanda tried to recover on its own, it was attacked again from all angles, from within and from without It s not so much the human rights concerns, it s political It s Let s kill this development, this dangerous development of these Africans trying to do things their own way This book taught me that human nature is complicated and sometimes very extreme, that people hold grudges, sometimes senselessly and sometimes with good reason That people can be tipped over the edge and will keep falling until either they or their enemy are dead What I learned will stick with me forever In this age of mass killings every other day, it s something I can hardly ever forget.


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    I was astoundingly ignorant about what happened after the initial 100 day massacre This isn t only my fault Gourevitch shows how Western media and governments completely ignored and misrepresented what happened in Rwanda and Zaire And you don t kill 1,000,000 humans in four weeks without huge long term fallout The median age in Rwanda is now 18 years, 43% of the population is aged 14 or under, and 63% of the country lives under the poverty line 52% of children die before reaching 5 years of age.