Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction

Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction

Robin Philpot


Former UN Secretary basic Boutros Boutros-Ghali declared to writer Robin Philpot that “the Rwandan Genocide used to be one hundred pc American responsiblity.” but a extra authentic narrative could have it that terrible Hutu génocidaires deliberate and performed a satanic scheme to do away with approximately a million Tutsis after the Rwandan presidential airplane crashed within the center of darkish Africa on April 6, 1994. the place do those contradictory narratives come from? that's actual? Robin Philpot’s great and methodical examine, vast interviews, and shut research of occasions, testimony in courts, and well known writings at the topic exhibit not just that that reputable narrative is fake, yet that it used to be edified to hide up the explanations of the tragedy and to guard the criminals accountable for it. What’s extra, to make that tale extra plausible, the storytellers have unfailingly reproduced the literary traditions, clichés, and metaphors that supplied the underpinnings of slavery, the slave-trade, and colonialism. approximately two decades later, the evidence in regards to the Rwandan tragedy were so distorted and the adjudicated proof missed that Rwanda is now used far and wide to justify so-called humanitarian intervention all through Africa (and the world). It has turn into a “useful imperial fiction,” and therefore, this publication seeks to determine what particularly occurred there.

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