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When Victims Become Killers by Mahmood Mamdani
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Oct 01, 2009

really liked it
Read in October, 2009

When I read Philip Gourevitch's book over five years ago, I thought that it was the best book to understand Rwanda and the genocide in 1995. But Gourevitch is a journalist and Mamdani is an academic. Mamdani breaks down the evolution of the political identities of Hutu and Tutsi into native and settler. These identities were created under Belgian colonialism and reinforced in the post-colonial era. To understand the complexities of identity and Rwanda, one has to read this book. Mamdani is the man. Well, I thought so... until I read this TNR piece. He is complicated, but I love his brilliance like Amartya Sen's.
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