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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
By Philip Gourevitch
Farrar, 1998, 384 pp

An admirable addition to the growing literature on the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Gourevitch, a journalist who reported on Rwanda for The New Yorker, began interviewing survivors within a year of the cataclysm, seeking to explain its effects as well as its causes. His account ends with the Rwandan-backed overthrow of Zaire's Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997 and the first feeble efforts to bring the genocide's prime architects to justice through an international tribunal. Amid the horror, it would be comforting had Gourevitch found any evidence of lessons learned by the killers or their accomplices-in-indifference, the United Nations and the Western powers, but such evidence is conspicuously lacking. Gourevitch admires Rwanda's decisive new leader, Paul Kagame, but avoids making any rosy predictions about the country's future.