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This story is a disputed one
on 22 August 2011
I haven't read this book, but I have lived in Rwanda and studied its history and politics for my Masters degree. Readers should be aware that this story is an extremely controversial one, and not to be taken at face value. Rusesabagina is viewed with deep suspicion by both the current government and by many who survived in the hotel, and Rwandan academics have written a refutation of his story. There are stories of him turning away people who couldn't pay, profiting unduly from his activities during the genocide, and maintaining some shady links with extremists after the genocide. Furthermore, it is unclear where the money for his charity goes. Many other Hutus who saved Tutsis have been celebrated and thanked by survivors-- there are documentaries, photography exhibitions etc-- but Rusesabagina is notably absent from all of these. He may be one of the best known and celebrated Rwandan figures in the West but in Rwanda this is most definitely not the case.
The film which is viewed by many Rwandans as a more 'authentic' account of the genocide-- made in Kigali, and starring Rwandan actors (some of them survivors or relatives of survivors) is called Sometimes in April.