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    Andre Sibomana(Author)

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‘This book takes us into hell, into humanity, into the horror of the crime of genocide. . . The account is forceful, the power of the expression shakes the soul, because it touches the greatest depth of the human being, of humanity. Like the Jewish holocaust, like other genocides, the genocide in Rwanda is of concern to all societies.’Mission de L’Eglise

‘Readers of this book have a chance to share [the author’s] journey and, as they deepen their understanding of the Rwandan tragedy, to renew their own commitment to the ideals of justice, peace, and reconciliation that fired the spirit of André Sibomana.’ Alison Des Forges, from the Foreword

André Sibomana was a remarkable man. A Rwandan Catholic priest, journalist and leading human rights activist, he was one of the very few independent voices to speak out against the abuses perpetrated by past and present governments in Rwanda.

Hope for Rwanda is his personal testimony and the first major English-language account of the events surrounding the 1994 genocide in Rwanda by a Rwandan national. Sibomana offers a personal reflection on the issues surrounding the genocide, as well as confronting many of the preconceptions and stereotypes that are evident in the West’s portrayal of the genocide. In an acclaimed testimony, Sibomana addresses controversial topics such as the role of the church in the genocide, the failure of the international community to prevent massacres and the human rights record of the new Rwandan government. Despite the inhumanity of the massacres and the endless suffering of the Rwandan people, Sibomana offers a strong vision of hope for the future of his country and for the future of humanity.

Hope for Rwanda was published to great acclaim in France. This English edition includes a new postscript which describes the circumstances of Sibomana’s death and an updated chronology and additional chapter by the translator which summarises some of the more recent developments in Rwanda.

'For those of us concerned with the brewing violence in our own societies (and where it might lead), for those interested in the politics of contemporary Africa or what happene in small Rwanda in the 1990s,.. for those active in building organizations for human rights and peac, Hope for Rwanda is a crucial, and ultimately inspiring text.'Peace News

`Takes us into hell, into humanity, into the horror of the crime of genocide' -- Mission de L'Eglise

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Andre Sibomana(Author)
  • Pluto Press (20 Sept. 1999)
  • English
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  • By RM on 12 February 2004

    The late Andre Sibomana was formerly a Catholic priest from southern Rwanda. Unfortunately, he died in 1998 (very possibly at the hands of the transitional government). He is a humane man who has tried to put abit of balance to most one-sided accounts of the Rwanda genocide.A French journalist interviews him for the duration of the book about his early life, his later religious life and human rights abuses. While Sibomana did not for a moment sympathise with racial supremacist and genocidal political parties such as the MRND-D and CDR, nor minimise the suffering of the minority Tutsi population, he also criticises the behaviour of certain elements of the RPF rebel group who re-took control of Rwanda in July 1994, such as the deliberate massacre of about 5,000 Hutus in the Kibeho refugee camp in southern Rwanda in 1995. Also, he questions the policy of having kept about 120,000 alleged Hutu war criminals in Gitarama prison in extremely unsanitory conditions, with many of them not receiving trials and many others dying of starvation and disease, due to the enormous lack of hygiene in the prison.All in all, an invaluable book which perhaps could have been a little longer. The only other criticism is that the book is fairly expensive, considering its size and the fact that its a paperback.

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