We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda Author Philip Gourevitch
ISBN-10 0312243359
ISBN-13 9780312243357
Year 1999-09-01
Pages 356
Language English
Publisher Picador
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An unforgettable firsthand account of a people s response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994 when the Rwandan government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority Though the killing was low tech largely by machete it was carried out at shocking speed some 800 000 people were exterminated in a hundred days A Tutsi pastor in a letter to his church president a Hutu used the chilling phrase that gives Philip Gourevitch his title With keen dramatic intensity Gourevitch frames the genesis and horror of Rwanda s genocidal logic in the anguish of its aftermath the mass displacements the temptations of revenge and the quest for justice the impossibly crowded prisons and refugee camps Through intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life he focuses on the psychological and political challenges of survival and on how the new leaders of postcolonial Africa went to war in the Congo when resurgent genocidal forces threatened to overrun central Africa Can a country composed largely of perpetrators and victims create a cohesive national society This moving contribution to the literature of witness tells us much about the struggle everywhere to forge sane habitable political orders and about the stubbornness of the human spirit in a world of extremity We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

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Machete Season

Machete Season Author Jean Hatzfeld
ISBN-10 1429923512
Release 2006-04-18
Pages 272