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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable and accessible primer, 4 Aug. 2004
This review is from: The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide (Paperback)
If any interested person requires an 'in' to beginning to understand the complexities of this tragic and deeply disturbed region, then Gerard Prunier's book is probably where they should start. Whereas many commentators, including I regret Phillip Gourevitch, fail to grasp correctly the intertwined nature of the political and ethnic background to not only the Rwandan genocide of 1994 but also the subsequent wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Prunier negotiates the minefield carefully and considerately. The narrative he produces is indeed complex, but never convoluted, and at all times sensitive to the protagonists, and sensible to the needs of us all to understand the nature and origin of the crises in the region. In an age of UN impotence, Clinton's belated apology and the official French whitewash of their role in Rwanda, Prunier examines the role of international and foreign policy, as well as domestic Rwandan, Burundese and Congolese politics and ethnicity, in the shaping of the apocalypse of 1994. As DR Congo fights on, the Burundese peace process staggers forward, and the Rwandan government launches its own enquiry into the role of the French whilst continuing to execute genocidaires, one could do far worse than prepare oneself for present and future upheaval in the region by reading this excellent and accessible analysis by so skilled a political analyst and commentator.
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