Supported by Belgium, which had initially backed the Tutsi aristocracy and was instrumental in sparking the conflict between Hutus and "The best reason I have come up with for looking closely into Rwanda's stories is that ignoring them makes me even more uncomfortable Tutsis, the Hutu-led "republic" that officially emerged in 1961 was essen- says Gourevitch. "The horror, as horror, interests me only insofar as a about existence and my place in it," tially a dictatorship whose internal power struggles would help give rise to the killing. In April 1994, President Juvenal Habiyarimana, longtime Rwandan dictator, was assassinated and control of the nation was seized precise memory of the offence is necessary to understand its legacy." His book transcends the atrocity of nearly a million violent deaths and dignifies the victims by providing that understanding. (ES) The Poisonwood Bible by a group of military leaders espousing a Hutu Power ideology. With stunning speed the regime planned and implemented a systematic slaughter of the Tutsi population, insidiously designed to invest the Hutus in their new leaders. The killing was carried friends, neighbors and even relatives of the Tutsis they killed--who were spurred on by Hutu Power radio broadcasts reminding
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1999
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