We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories From Rwanda

Paperback | October 15, 1999

byPhilip Gourevitch

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

In April 1994, the Rwandan government called upon everyone in the Hutu majority to kill each member of the Tutsi minority, and over the next three months 800,000 Tutsis perished in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler''s war against the Jews. Philip Gourevitch''s haunting work is an anatomy of the war in Rwanda, a vivid history of the tragedy''s background, and an unforgettable account of its aftermath. One of the most acclaimed books of the year, this account will endure as a chilling document of our time.

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Concentrating on the actions of the Rwandan government in April 1994, Philip Gourevitch provides a vivid history of the tragic war in Rwanda. Specifically, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families provides insight into the government forces calling upon the Hutu majority to kill each member of the Tutsi minority.

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.In April 1994, the Rwandan government called upon everyone in the Hutu majority to kill each member of the Tutsi minority, and over the next three months 800,000 Tutsis perished in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler's war against the Jews. Philip Gourevitch's haunting work is an anatomy of the war in Rwanda, a vivid h...

Philip Gourevitch is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a contributing editor to the Forward. He has reported from Africa, Asia, and Europe for a number of magazines, including Granta, Harper's, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.96 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

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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 FamiliesPart OneLeontius, the son of Aglaion, was coming up from the Peiraeus, close to the outer side of the north wall, when he saw some dead bodies lying near the executioner, and he felt a desire to look at them, and at the same time felt disgust at the thought, and tried to turn aside. For some time he fought with himself and put his hand over his eyes, but in the end the desire got the better of him, and opening his eyes wide with his fingers he ran forward to the bodies, saying, "There you are, curse you, have your fill of the lovely spectacle." --PLATO, The RepublicDecimation means the killing of every tenth person in a population, and in the spring and early summer of 1994 a program of massacres decimated the Republic of Rwanda. Although the killing was lowtech--performed largely by machete--it was carried out at dazzling speed: of an original population of about seven and a half million, at least eight hundred thousand people were killed in just a hundred days. Rwandans often speak of a million deaths, and they may be right. The dead of Rwanda accumulated at nearly three times the rate of Jewish dead during the Holocaust. It was the most efficient mass killing since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT TOMORROW WE WILL BE KILLED WITH OUR FAMILIES. Copyright © 1998 by Philip Gourevitch. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. For information, address Picador, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.