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The Role of France in the Rwandan Genocide Paperback – 9 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (9 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185065882X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850658825
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,574,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniela Kroslak is Africa Research Director of the NGO International Crisis Group. She is based in Nairobi.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Al McKay on 4 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
This review was initially published for e-International Relations at
"Thou shalt not be a victim.
Thou shalt not be a perpetrator.
Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander"
¬Yehuda Bauer

Some sixteen years after the Rwandan Genocide, the event remains a heated topic of discourse within many schools of thought. This is indeed a necessary ramification of an event that cost the lives of more than 500,000 people (Human Rights Watch, 1999), and posed serious questions about the commitment to the pronouncement made after the Holocaust of "Never Again". There are several distinctive aspects of this event that have garnered particular scholarly attention. The first is the speed, effectiveness and scale of the violence. This event was, after all, the fastest recorded genocide in history, and removed possibility 10% of Rwanda's population in three months. Experts examining this aspect of the genocide have also placed a heavy emphasis upon identifying and understanding the causes of the genocide (Human Rights Watch, 1995 & 1999; Gourevitch 1998; Mamdani, 2001; Semujanga, 2003; Gatwa, 2005; Straus, 2009; Kimonyo, forthcoming). Secondly, certain historical accounts have examined the role that previous colonial powers, particuarly the Belgians, played in the future genocide in Rwanda (Prunier, 1995; Mamdani, 2001).

The third and perhaps most uncomfortable strand of debate relates to the role of the international community in the crisis. The genocide's unfolding was watched by the world and yet little was done by leaders to alleviate the suffering. Certain publications have been highly critical of the UN and its Member States for their response to the crisis (Melvern, 2000 & 2004; Barnett, 2002; Power, 2003).
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