I interviewed political scientist (and former aid worker) Severine Autesserre about her new book The Trouble with the Congo for How We Got Here #53. She’s done some really interesting work on violence in Congo and the failures of peacebuilding there.
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This week marks the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan genocide. This week’s podcast looks at how the events are remembered and memorialized.
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Alison Des Forges was killed in the plane crash in Buffalo last night. She wrote the Human Rights Watch account of the Rwandan genocide Leave None to Tell the Story. She was a go-to source for journalists and a relentless critic of the current Rwandan government under Paul Kagame. Here’s the Human Rights Watch press release and the NYT obit. Marco Werman interviews Kenneth Roth of HRW for The World. The coverage begins with President Obama paying tribute to another victim of the crash, Beverly Eckert. Listen here:
Jeffrey Gettleman’s NYT piece today helps fill in the picture of what’s known and not known about Rwanda’s ties to Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda and the role Rwanda business interests play in fuelling the conflict in eastern Congo.
That’s the title of photographer Jonathan Torgovnik’s new audio slideshow over at MediaStorm. It’s about the women who were raped during the Rwandan genocide and the children who resulted from those rapes. I interviewed Torgovnik earlier this year for my own story about this issue. He’s passionate and committed and has started an organization called Foundation Rwanda to help fund the educations of these kids. I keep getting the “buffering video” message so will have to watch later but if it’s up to the usual MediaStorm standards it will be masterful, powerful work.
Yet another investigation into France’s role in the Rwandan genocide.
Marco Werman gets Philip Gourevitch’s take on the report released today by the Rwandan government.
I’ve just finished Stephen Kinzer’s new book A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It. I recommend it to anyone who wants an introduction to the country’s recent past and the dilemmas it faces today. I was skeptical at first; there are many good books on Rwanda already and I had heard Kinzer discussing the book on the NPR show On Point and he seemed so enthralled with Kagame I feared his portrait of the Rwandan leader would be overly glossy. But in fact Kinzer lays out all the questions and criticisms even if he himself comes down on the side of being a Kagame fan. Mostly I was impressed by Kinzer’s ability to synthesize all the complicated layers of the story in such an accessible and emotionally honest way. I was in Rwanda twice last year and still have a head full of questions about so many aspects of the genocide and its aftermath. Kinzer’s contribution and especially the fuller portrait of Paul Kagame is really helpful.