We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families – Part 2

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The second part of the book We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families focused on post Rwandan genocide and the other violence that occurred.  One of the main points of this part of the reading was explaining how the violence switched sides, the Tutsi’s started to attack the Hutu’s in revenge. It also explained more interviews with survivors and discussion of who or what was really causing the violence

I enjoyed reading the interviews, I find them extremely interesting like always. They always stay in my thoughts the most, helping me remember key points and situations in the books we read. These interviews in the book were unbiased but I believe the author was very biased. It was evident that he was very pro-Tutsi and anti-Hutu, which I sympathize with but for writings I wish for no bias. Overall, I believe the book was definitely the most biased we have far read but I enjoyed the reflections of many primary sources throughout it.

One thing that surprised during this reading was discovering the corruption in the refugee camps. Many camps were set up, and implied to be helpful and a saving lives. Instead, many camps were filled with traitors, people who still killed. Also, there were lacks of supplies and food, even lack of volunteers to help control the situations. Many volunteer organizations had members killed in Rwanda, which is rare and expressed the distressing occurring there.

Lastly, what made me really sad about the book was the extent of people that took advantage of Rwanda post genocide. After majority of the killings had stopped the society was very weak so people visited from other parts of Africa to steal and loot. After the terrible incident in Rwanda I don’t understand how people are able to take advantage of people who are so weak, it really expresses how terrible societies can be.

Questions:

What was the main cause of the corruption in the refugee camps? What did this impact and why was the corruption and violence so prevalent?

Why was the Rwandan genocide hidden from the public, or kept more quiet than necessary, for so long? What caused the reluctance to call the incidents in Rwanda a genocide?

Psychologically why did the Tutsi’s feel inclined to murder the Hutu’s even after expressing the pain through their murder? What causes the emotion of revenge and does this emotion impact people in less developed societies more than people in developed societies?

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