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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 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. 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 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. 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