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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Ou... by Philip Gourevitch
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May 22, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction, rwanda, politics, read-again, history, 2014, africa, audiobooks, print-book
Read from May 21, 2011 to May 22, 2014

I first began this book about a month before my first trip to Rwanda in 2011. Looking back at my scribblings, I see that I was simultaneously reading Gorillas in the Mist and having nightmares of being hacked to death with a machete in my sleep. Not the best way to prep for a trip, so I put both books aside. It's now 2014, 20 years since the genocide against the Tutsi, and I have been back and forth to Rwanda several times. Time to get over myself.

We Wish to Inform You is gripping reportage with first-hand accounts from victims, perpetrators, rescuers, aid workers, and political and military operatives. Once I started it this time, there was no stopping...and no nightmares. Please read this book if you have any interest in Rwanda, NGOs, genocide, colonialism, politics, and/or humanity.

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Reading Progress

07/06/2011 "Beautifully written account of horror and tragedy. It's slow going: I'm afraid of what will come next and when I do allow myself to pick it up it's almost impossible to put down."
09/18/2011 "I had to put this aside until my return from Rwanda. It was giving me nightmares. Now that I'm back, I will give it another shot."
10/15/2013 marked as: save-for-later
05/19/2014 marked as: currently-reading
50.0% "I am finally mentally able to revisit this work, and even only halfway through, I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Rwanda, international politics, or the machinations of genocide."
05/22/2014 marked as: read

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