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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

A Rwandan storify: The sensational tale of Rwanda’s gospel-singer-terrorist

Stories shift quickly in our 24-hour news cycle. The sensational tale of Rwanda’s gospel-singer-terrorist is no exception. Authorities have attempted to shape the narrative and control the headlines. For better or worse, Rwanda’s embrace of social media allows us to see how a most clickable story unfolds, and changes, over a few weeks. Kizito Mihigo has long

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Rwanda and the NY Times: On those images by Pieter Hugo pairing perpetrators and victims of the 1994 Genocide

“Portraits of Reconciliation,”–the photo-essay commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide–published recently in the New York Times, is a deeply disturbing piece of journalism.  Profoundly banal, the subtitle states, “20 years after the genocide in Rwanda, reconciliation...

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Can forgiveness that is mandated by a government be genuine?

Reviewer Neil Genzinger (in The New York Times) writes about the new documentary film, "Coexist" (to be shown on US public television this month) about post-genocide Rwanda, 20 years later. The film, according to Genzinger, "... at...

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The Jews of Africa

Last Sunday at Cooper Union’s Great Hall on Manhattan's Lower West Side, hundreds of people--who paid between $20 and $10--gathered to watch a discussion by Elie Wiesel and the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, that was titled:...

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

German amnesia and Herero women

Over the weekend, Geoffrey York, the Africa correspondent for the Canadian Globe and Mail (and apparently also the only correspondent for a major Canadian publication on the African continent) wrote, from Namibia, about the current Herero struggle...

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Post-Script: Germany’s Colonial Legacy

The recent controversy around Günter Grass’s criticisms of Germany’s arms trade with Israel is an interesting post-script to the Namibian genocide controversy. The Nobel prize-winning author has written a poem – called ‘What needs to be said’ – which...

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Germany’s Namibian Legacy

So the Bundestag have once again refused to acknowledge that the systematic murders of four ethnic groups in Namibia between 1904 and 1908 wasn’t genocide.  Late last month, March 22, the German parliament debated a motion proposed...

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

‘The Media-Savvy Autocrat’

Adam Hochschild, in the New York Times Book Review, writing about Jason K Stearns’ new book, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa: Stearns is somewhat easier...

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Photography: Rape Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide and Their Children

An estimated 200,000 children were conceived as a result of mass rape during the genocide in Rwanda in mid-1994. The Interahamwe, the Hutu militia, went around deliberately raping minority Tutsi women. Photographer Jonathan Torgovnik–working with editors and...

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The films of Rwandan director Daddy Ruhorahoza

“Confession” is a 17 minute long short film by Rwandan filmmaker Daddy Ruhorahoza, about a rape that happened during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, told through the perspective of the rapist 13 years later. (See a clip...

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

“THE TYPICAL AFRICAN EXPERIENCE”

“… The share of the ­African population dying in wars (including genocides) every year is on the order of .01% over the past four decades, and the percentage of the population composed of refugees was about 0.5%...