My interest in Rwanda started when I was in Uganda. I watched Hotel Rwanda for the first time. I had bought a DVD collection from an Indian DVD and software stand that was a collection of Africa themed movies. Oddly enough, City of God was on the disc.
After watching Sometimes in April and Hotel Rwanda, I wanted to know more about the genocide that had occurred so near to where I was living. Google led me to Romeo Dallaire’s book which my brother gave me for my birthday back in September. I started reading books again and this one was on the top of my list. It’s a thick 550 pages and sometimes reads like a military diary, but the essence of this book is gut wrenching.
Dallaire was the commander of the UN mission to Rwanda when the genocide occurred. He had a front row seat to everything that happened. The Winnipeg Free Press said that this book will help you rediscover your capacity for moral outrage. I think they are right.
What should our response be in times like this as Western nations? I don’t know. But this book will make you think about it.