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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book about the Rwandan genocide, 12 May 2014
This review is from: When The Hills Ask For Your Blood: A Personal Story of Genocide and Rwanda (Hardcover)
I've read a fair bit about the Rwandan genocide. Many books focus on the failure of the Rwandan state, the preparation for genocide and the failure of the international community. Often, the stories of ordinary Rwandans are largely ignored, which is perverse because it is they who suffered and continue to suffer as a result of 100 extraordinary, tragic days in 1994. Which makes David Belton's book so welcome. David was the BBC's man in Kigali during and after the genocide and I'm guessing it would have been very easy for him to capitalise on that fact and write an account of his experiences in the months after the event. But his book is all the richer precisely because he did not do that. His time there - during the genocide and during the 20 years since - has clearly left a lasting impression on him (indeed it seems to have shaped much of his working life). This book is about people: some who gave their lives to help others, others who fought desperately for their lives, all of whom showed unbelievable spirit and courage. It's a fascinating insight into the stories of people David met in 1994 and some of whom he has got to know since. It's a riveting read that gives a voice to ordinary Rwandans. I read it in about 4 sittings...I could not put it down. Recommended reading for anyone who wants an inspirational read.
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