We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda

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We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda

by Philip Gourevitch

Douglas & McIntyre | October 15, 1998 | Hardcover

We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
This book concerns what happened when the Rwandan government in 1994 implemented a policy that called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Though the massacres were low-tech -- done largely by machete -- they were carried out at dazzling speed, and 800,000 people were killed in a hundred days. Pastors in one Tutsi community sent a letter to their church president, a Hutu, that included the chilling phrase that gives Philip Gourevitch his title. Mr. Gourevitch''s haunting work is not only an anatomy of this genocide and what Rwandans call its "genocidal logic, " but a vivid history of the background to the tragedy and an unforgettable account of its aftermath: the mass displacements, the temptations of revenge and the quest for justice, the replacement of elites and the plight of survivors, the impossibly crowded prisons and militant refugee camps. His intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life as they cope with the psychological and political challenges at survival make their tragic situation unexpectedly immediate and familiar; his narrative also shows how resurgent genocidal forces threatened to plunge central Africa into total war and how this sparked the drive to oust Mobutu from power in the Congo. Lastly, he contrasts the Rwandans'' provocatively original political response to the horror with the wholly inadequate reactions of international humanitarian organizations and foreign governments -- not least the United States.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages

Published: October 15, 1998

Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0374286973

ISBN - 13: 9780374286972

Found in: Africa

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected. 3.25 stars This is a history of Rwanda leading up to, focusing on, and continuing beyond the genocide in 1994. This wasn't quite what I expected. I was expecting stories from the survivors of the genocide, and there was some of that, but there was also a lot of history and politics, as well. So, for me, some parts were more interesting than others. Overall, it was o.k.
Date published: 2012-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Philip Gourevitch takes one of the most horrifying and terrible events of the late 20th century, and manages to find the elements of hope. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families is a graphic account of the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which the Hutu Power government led its citizens to slaughter 800,000 of their Tutsi friends and family in only 100 days, while the international community stood by and watched. Gourevitch tells both sides of the story- both those accused of participating in the violence, and those who suffered from it. We read about people like Odette Nyiramilimo, a doctor who had several members of her immediate family killed and Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who protected 1,000 or more Tutsis from harm.We also read about the pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, the clergyman who ignored his doomed ministers' pleas to be spared the killings. What happened in Rwanda was shocking and horrendous and yet there are people who have no idea what happened. This is a painful and difficult book to read, but it must be read so that we can prevent something like this from ever happening again.
Date published: 2009-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Necessary Reading An astounding book revealing the outrage in Rwanda in a way no other author has. If you really wanted to know the background, the events and the people that took part, and were (and are) victims of the Rwandan genocide this is THE book for it. Gourevitch is a journalist, and is not afraid to use his considerable investigative skill partnered with his wounded humanity to find the answers we have all asked about Rwanda. He paints a chilling landscape of good, bad, the corrupt and the innocent. In addition he goes beyond what the world knows as the 'end' of the genocide, and reveals the damaging work done by the NGOs (albeit doing their best) in aiding and abetting the worst of the perpetrators. For anyone who has heard some idiot say 'it's just tribal savagery' or any other such dismissive comment about the African tragedy, this is the book to hand to them.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you ever wondered about what happened in Rwanda This is an excellently written book about the events leading up to, during and after the massacres in Rwanda. Philip Gourevitch gives a moving first hand account of the complex events in Rwanda, drawing on the memories of those who were there: the survivors and perpetrators of the genocide. His historical and political analysis is very astute and broad in its understanding. Most importantly this book is immensely captivating and readable!
Date published: 2000-09-07

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We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda

by Philip Gourevitch

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages

Published: October 15, 1998

Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0374286973

ISBN - 13: 9780374286972

From the Publisher

This book concerns what happened when the Rwandan government in 1994 implemented a policy that called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Though the massacres were low-tech -- done largely by machete -- they were carried out at dazzling speed, and 800,000 people were killed in a hundred days. Pastors in one Tutsi community sent a letter to their church president, a Hutu, that included the chilling phrase that gives Philip Gourevitch his title. Mr. Gourevitch''s haunting work is not only an anatomy of this genocide and what Rwandans call its "genocidal logic, " but a vivid history of the background to the tragedy and an unforgettable account of its aftermath: the mass displacements, the temptations of revenge and the quest for justice, the replacement of elites and the plight of survivors, the impossibly crowded prisons and militant refugee camps. His intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life as they cope with the psychological and political challenges at survival make their tragic situation unexpectedly immediate and familiar; his narrative also shows how resurgent genocidal forces threatened to plunge central Africa into total war and how this sparked the drive to oust Mobutu from power in the Congo. Lastly, he contrasts the Rwandans'' provocatively original political response to the horror with the wholly inadequate reactions of international humanitarian organizations and foreign governments -- not least the United States.

About the Author

Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer at "The New Yorker", lives in New York City. His last book, "We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda" (FSG, 1998), won the National Book Critics Circle & Los Angeles Times Book Awards.

From Our Editors

When the Rwandan government called on the Hutu majority to murder the Tutsi minority, they carried it out with appalling speed and efficiency. We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families is a first-hand account of the people of Rwanda's response to genocide. Through intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life, the author focuses on the psychological and political challenges of survival and how new leaders of postcolonial Africa went to war in the Congo when resurgent genocidal forces threatened Central Africa. This is a tale of the strength of the human spirit in a world of extremity.