We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (2019)

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families Philip Gourevitch We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families In April of the government of Rwanda called on everyone in the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minority Over the next three months Tutsis were murdered in the most unambiguo
  • Title: We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
  • Author: Philip Gourevitch
  • ISBN: 9780312243357
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families Philip Gourevitch In April of 1994, the government of Rwanda called on everyone in the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minority Over the next three months, 800,000 Tutsis were murdered in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler s war against the Jews Philip Gourevitch s haunting work is an anatomy of the killings in Rwanda, a vivid history of the genocide s backgrouIn April of 1994, the government of Rwanda called on everyone in the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minority Over the next three months, 800,000 Tutsis were murdered in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler s war against the Jews Philip Gourevitch s haunting work is an anatomy of the killings in Rwanda, a vivid history of the genocide s background, and an unforgettable account of what it means to survive in its aftermath.
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  1. Brendan

    To be honest, Gourevitch s book doesn t sound inviting What book about genocide could And its title alone suggests a kind of vicious, heart stopping sadness that many of us would prefer to turn away from Which may, in fact, be the point Either way, Gourevitch s writing won t let you turn away He tells the story of the Rwandan genocide in a prose so wonderfully crafted and infused with anger and insight as to be nearly hypnotic From the opening pages, the young reporter confronts his own very mix [...]

  2. Orsodimondo

    NON VI DIMENTICHEREMO Murambi, tombe collettive.Questa non solo una storia africana Non solo una lotta tra hutu e tutsi una storia che riguarda l umanit intera Perch non esistono essere umani pi umani degli altri Murambi, Memoriale del Genocidio.Nel pi piccolo paese dell Africa, il Rwanda, in un territorio di poco pi grande della Sicilia, in un paesaggio che a volte ricorda le Langhe, altre la Svizzera, tra il 6 aprile e la met di luglio del 1994 si consumato il genocidio pi cruento e rapido del [...]

  3. Melissa

    When I would tell my friends about how great of a book this is, I got a lot of, I can t read that, it s too upsetting This came from my progressive, non profit sector, CSA share owning friends And I know what they mean But seriously, you should read this book anyway.And not just because it s important to understand the things that have gone on in this world during our time and before in order to change the future Also because Gourevitch discusses some things in this book that I ve never read dis [...]

  4. Heidi

    This is not an easy book to read But Gourevitch takes a tragedy about which most of the world knows very little the genocide of Rwandan Tutsis in 1994 and he thoroughly explores it, and along the way he humanizes it This is a story about genocide, about war and politics, yes, but over it s a story about the people who lived through the horror of genocide, and those who died Gourevitch talks to anyone who will tell him their story, it seems survivors of the genocide, military officials, humanitar [...]

  5. Chrisiant

    I read this book while volunteering in Burundi, a country that has experienced a parallel civil conflict to that of Rwanda, but with much less international attention The book is full of chilling stories, exposing both the horror of the actions of the Rwanda orchestrators of the genocide, the willing and complicit participants in carrying out the genocide, and the willful inaction and facilitation of the conflict by international actors, including the U.S government Most striking to me was the s [...]

  6. Ioana

    It happened, therefore it can happen again this is the core of what we have to say It can happen, and it can happen everywhere Primo LeviHow do you rate a book about genocide On the merits of the reporting On its balanced or just interpretation of history On its tone or political slant On the first hand accounts presented On your personal horror at both reading about what happened, and at probing the limits of your own ignorance How did I not know this The 5 stars is first and foremost a Thank Y [...]

  7. Pink

    This was fantastic A blending of superb writing and journalistic skills, to tell both the individual and national stories of the Rwandan genocide I was marking sections in my book to quote from, but I ended up with 20 passages It answered all of my own questions of how it happened, why international governments or agencies didn t step in to help and what happened afterwards Essential reading.

  8. Irene

    Realized I d only read half of this so I m finishing it this weekend I feel like it was an experiment But ppl call me a conspiracy theorist To me this was planned on high though Very scary Excerpt from the book Even if not taking sides were a desirable position, it is impossible to act in or on a political situation without having a political effect speaking about humanitarian aid organizations assisting the refugees Hutu powers in exile aka genocidars in the D.R.C The Humanitarian mindset is to [...]

  9. Emma Sea

    I was astoundingly ignorant about what happened after the initial 100 day massacre This isn t only my fault Gourevitch shows how Western media and governments completely ignored and misrepresented what happened in Rwanda and Zaire And you don t kill 1,000,000 humans in four weeks without huge long term fallout The median age in Rwanda is now 18 years, 43% of the population is aged 14 or under, and 63% of the country lives under the poverty line 52% of children die before reaching 5 years of age. [...]

  10. Dan

    Although I read this book only recently, over a decade after the events of the genocide in Rwanda I think that time has only reinforced and strengthened the impact of this book While I cannot claim to have been old enough to be properly plugged into the political landscape during as the events were unfolding, it is indeed damning that I could have come away from all of the news coverage that the genocide eventually produced with such a deeply flawed understanding of the massacre We wish to infor [...]

  11. Jennie

    How can you call a book about genocide great It was informative and powerful Tragic and very very sad It made me so angry at times I had to put it down for fear I would throw it across the room This book had me so frustrated with the politics involved that I just want to scream in frustration.I have to add some of the most powerful, to me, statements made in this book In May of 1994, I happened to be in Washington to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, an immensely popular tourist [...]

  12. Hana

    I read this book about the Rwandan genocide several years ago, thought about it again as I was reading The Great Partition The Making of India and Pakistan by Yasmin Khan, and picked it up to reread when I was pondering the current crisis in Syria and Iraq.What triggers genocide What leads once peaceful peoples to willingly, enthusiastically participate in mass murder, rape, and other unthinkable atrocities Like Yasmin Khan, Philip Gourevitch focuses on a detailed analysis of what was happening [...]

  13. Jimmy

    In April of 1994, the government of Rwanda called on everyone in the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minority Over the next three months 800,000 Tutsis were murdered in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler s war against the Jews Philip Gourevitch s book is a history of the genocide s background, a horrible account of what happened, and what it meant to survive the aftermath Belgians dispatched scientists to Rwanda when it was a colony They measured Rwandan cranial capac [...]

  14. DoctorM

    The Rwanda genocide of 1994 took place while I was moving between teaching jobs something horrible and ghost like on a television screen It always had that air of Stalin s old line that one person s death is a tragedy a million deaths are only a statistic Philip Gourevitch s We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families makes the deaths yes, almost a million in a hundred days or so into tragedy the tragedies of individuals, of a nation, of the so called international co [...]

  15. GoldGato

    God no longer wants you So spoke a local pastor, a man of religion, as he ordered the massacre of 2,000 of his Tutsi neighbours and friends The mass killings that took place in Rwanda in 1994 stand as the most hideous since Hitler and Stalin, yet they were aided by the French government, who supported the maniacal Hutu Power government This book tears apart the excuses given by the Western powers as to why they didn t interfere, why they just let than 800,000 Tutsis be obliterated without lifti [...]

  16. Anna-Emilia

    What distinguishes genocide from murder, and even from acts of political murder that claim as many victims, is the intent The crime is wanting to make a people extinct The idea is the crime What happened in Rwanda, 1994 The answer isn t as clear as one may think, and the questions that arise aren t simple either I m so, so glad I read this book I m too young to remember anything disasterous or political from the 90 s and everything I ve heard about Rwanda since 1994 has been from my own, knowled [...]

  17. Andy

    I think too many people will find it easy to rubber stamp a favorable opinion on this book and talk about how terrible the Rwandan genocide was and how this account really brings it to life This overlooks the fact that this is honestly not a well written book just because it is a book about a historic atrocity still insufficiently understood by the West does not make it good The biggest shortcoming is that the book does not look deeply enough into the motives of the killers The biggest takeaway [...]

  18. Rikelle

    How do you rate a book that is about something so absolutely horrible When I was younger I remember reading books on the holocaust and thinking this could never happen again How naive I was Not only has it happened again, it continues to happen and the world barely notices I have read books about the Rwandan genocide from the victim s point of view Those books give you the horrible gut wrenching emotional side of it This book helps you understand the political side of it My only gripe is that I [...]

  19. Bryce

    I admit that I did not know much about Rawanda s genocide before reading this book I was a preteen when it occurred ibn the early 90s and global news wasn t really one of my life priorities So I learned so much from this account All of it tragic and frustrating and hopeless It made me ashamed of my country, for the United States aggressive refusal to respond to a genocide It made me wonder at the people of Rawanda, that they could be less into participating in a slaughter of nearly a million of [...]

  20. stephanie

    possibly one of the best books i ve read on rwanda horribly depressing, horribly great, just absolutely wonderful work i put it second toThe Age of Genocide only because that is possibly the end all book on genocide, because of it s breath, scope, and wonderful, wonderful history but this is maybe the best book on rwanda i ve read and read again and again.

  21. Sumit Singla

    Gruesome Horrific Visceral Disturbing And even harrowing These are some of the adjectives that come to mind when I think back about this book I wish this had been fiction, and not cold, hard fact.However, the truth remains that nearly a million HUMANs were pretty much hacked to death by other HUMANs, over a period of a 100 days Imagine an orchestrated ethnic cleansing involving 10,000 murders a day That s people than 11 Airbus a380s can accommodate Staggering And even after reading the book, I [...]

  22. Clare

    just to get it out of the way up front, this book blew me away it is extremely difficult to get through, both because of the gruesomely accurate description of the genocide as well as the length and density of the writing but i think gourevitch did a great job of painting a big picture of the issues that led to such an event and brilliantly told some stories that have left me in awe even to this day.what i kept seeing come up again and again was the idea that as horrible as this genocide was in [...]

  23. Ivana

    Tri t dne hutn ho textu o veci, o ktorej som vedela jedin e sa stala Spomienky, v povede, fakty i zav dzania, snaha vysvetli probl m rwandskej genoc dy be n ho loveku zo Z padu Tak som sa c tila, ke som to tala, e nech pem, nem em, neviem ani som nevedela Pe ovi zreprodukova , o som to vlastne tala Chab tr ky, k sky inform ci , ale bola som neschopn v tom prvom momente po do tan nejako rozumne vystihn , o sa tam vlastne stalo Najviac ma ohromilo to, o nasledovalo po t ch prv ch najvypuklej ch tr [...]

  24. Tim

    A first hand examination of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 Gives a number of survivor stories, a thorough look at the country in it s aftermath up to 1998 An excellent view of the international communities role in the genocide, it s inaction, and the debacle of humanitarian aid which aggravated the situation and wound up giving money and supplies to many of the Genocidaires It did not seem to be as explanatory of the causes of the genocide or the organization and planning and execution These were [...]

  25. Tenzing

    Here s the review of this book I put on my blog On the flight home I read Philip Gourevitch s We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families In spite of many accolades for the author, I didn t like his writing However, the book is worth reading as a disturbing reminder of the violence and cruelty man is capable of committing in the name of such recently constructed ideas as ethnicity and nationalism This sort violence is perhaps among the most serious problems facing our [...]

  26. Mikey B.

    InformativeThe second part of this book is better than the first Although interesting, the first part seems detached and meandering a nice set of interviews but for the most part they seem to be after the fact interviews The second part becomes unified and emotional It is concerned with the here and now of how Rwanda is coping with the genocide indeed, if it can ever hope to do so Sometimes I feel the author is painting a rosy picture of Rwandan president Paul Kagame Nevertheless he does score [...]

  27. Jack

    This is a devastating book It gives a few family narratives in the context of genocide and hits your soul with the sadness of friends and neighbors and families killed by friends and neighbors and family The book does a descent job of giving some causalities to the genocide without necessarily falling into justification It also works with the tensions of justice and reconciliation wondering how the post genocide RPA government can navigate between the lines of justice and stability, between the [...]

  28. Lazy Mimi Reads

    After every genocide, the international community bands together and screams never again repeatedly From the Armenian genocide to the holocaust, we see the writing in the sand yet we do nothing to stop it The Rwanda genocide does not get as much attention as the holocaust because of the sentiment Africans are always killing each other This book sheds light on the historical context of the genocide and how extremists used the culture of obedience and high poverty rates to pit neighbor against nei [...]

  29. Chrissie

    Obligatory reading for all We must wake up and start learning from history At least read the book and try to understand what happened Determining how many stars to give is impossible I certainly did not really like the book

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