Africas World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of a Continental Catastrophe

Paperback | April 20, 2011

byGerard Prunier

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The Rwandan genocide sparked a horrific bloodbath that swept across sub-Saharan Africa, ultimately leading to the deaths of some four million people. In this extraordinary history of the recent wars in Central Africa, Gerard Prunier offers a gripping account of how one grisly episode laid thegroundwork for a sweeping and disastrous upheaval. Prunier vividly describes the grisly aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, when some two million refugees - a third of Rwanda's population - fled to exile in Zaire in 1996. The new Rwandan regime then crossed into Zaire and attacked the refugees, slaughtering upwards of 400,000 people. The Rwandanforces then turned on Zaire's despotic President Mobutu and, with the help of a number of allied African countries, overthrew him. But as Prunier shows, the collapse of the Mobutu regime and the ascension of the corrupt and erratic Laurent-Desire Kabila created a power vacuum that drew Rwanda,Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and other African nations into an extended and chaotic war. The heart of the book documents how the whole core of the African continent became engulfed in an intractible and bloody conflict after 1998, a devastating war that only wound down following theassassination of Kabila in 2001. Prunier not only captures all this in his riveting narrative, but he also indicts the international community for its utter lack of interest in what was then the largest conflict in the world.

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The Rwandan genocide sparked a horrific bloodbath that swept across sub-Saharan Africa, ultimately leading to the deaths of some four million people. In this extraordinary history of the recent wars in Central Africa, Gerard Prunier offers a gripping account of how one grisly episode laid thegroundwork for a sweeping and disastrous uph...

Gerard Prunier is a widely acclaimed journalist as well as Director of the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa. He has published over 120 articles and five books, including The Rwanda Crisis and Darfur.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 20, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Rwanda's mixed season of hope (July 1994-April 1995)2. From Kibeho to the attack on Zaire (April 1995-October 1996)3. The Zairian Hollow, Its Interlopers and Its Onlookers4. Winning a Virtual War (September 1996-May 1997)5. Losing the Real Peace (May 1997-August 1998)6. A Continental War (August 1998-August 1999)7. Sinking into the quagmire (September 1999-January 2001)8. Not with a Bang but with a Whimper: the War's Confused Ending (January 2001-December 2002)9. From War to Peace: Congolese Transition and Conflict Deconstruction (January 2003-June 2007)10. Groping for Meaning: the "Congolese" Conflict and the Crisis of Contemporary AfricaAbbreviationsGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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"Lucid, meticulously researched and incisive, Prunier's will likely become the standard account of this under-reported tragedy." --Publishers Weekly