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Hope for Rwanda: Conversations with Laure Guilbert and Herve Deguine
Hope for Rwanda: Conversations with Laure Guilbert and Herve Deguine
By Andre Sibomana
Pluto Press, 1999, 205 pp
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Compiled by two French journalists, this moving and historically important memoir was first published in French in 1997. Sibomana, who died in 1998, was a remarkable Rwandan priest, a fearless investigative journalist, and one of his country's leading human rights activists. He speaks with passion and candor about the events leading up to the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the onset and course of the massacres, and the country's physical and psychological devastation in their aftermath. A shrewd observer of the role of foreign organizations and governments, he also offers insight into the mixed record of the personnel of the Catholic Church before, during, and after the crisis. His searching and nuanced ethical judgments are a salutary corrective to easy moralizing about Rwanda's holocaust.