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Paul Kagame and Rwanda : power, genocide and the Rwandan Patriotic Front /
Colin M. Waugh.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, c2004.
ix, 254 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
0786419415 (alk. paper)
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, c2004.
0786419415 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-248) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Colin M. Waugh is a research and development manager who divides his time between his native Scotland, New York and West Africa. He maintains a home in Ghana, from which he monitors the region's political affairs. He first visited Rwanda in 1994, and has worked extensively on many African humanitarian projects
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-04-01:
Waugh, a specialist on African development, provides interesting, informative commentary on Rwanda and the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). He focuses neither on the causes or progression of genocide in Rwanda, nor on the roles of the UN or the US. Instead, he discusses the political life of Paul Kagame, the RPF's involvement in the Rwandan civil war, and the postgenocidal period. Waugh is sympathetic to Kagame, had interviews with him, and had access to some of his files. The bulk of the volume covers important issues after 1994 such as refugees, internal politics, trials of those accused of human rights abuses, and the interaction of Rwanda with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Waugh is a good guide to Rwanda, although it is questionable whether the Tutsi are a racial group that was persecuted by Hutu "racists." Both groups could more appropriately be considered as components of a common black race. Ethnic genocide is still evident even if there is racial commonality. Also worth mentioning is that, contrary to Waugh's claim, some Tutsi exiles in Uganda were granted citizenship there. Overall, this is an impressive addition to the literature on Rwanda and deals with subjects often de-emphasized elsewhere. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers and upper-division undergraduates, graduates, and researchers. A. Klinghoffer Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden
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Main Description
In 1994, ethnic conflict turned to genocide in Rwanda. When the world finally took notice, a million people lay dead, and the small African country lay in ruins. Rwanda returned from the brink guided by rulers determined to rebuild the country on their own terms, rather than those of a previously indifferent international community. Paul Kagame, Rwanda's first democratically elected president, embodies the new Rwandan political philosophy. Young, unconventional, not without flaws and critics-Kagame is key to understanding Rwanda's transition from a country that had known only fear, division and clan-based nepotism for many years to an exceptional African state built upon traditional order and values. Paul Kagame's life-from exiled child refugee, to guerilla warrior and rebel politician, to President of Rwanda-is traced in this exploration of the influences on Rwanda's struggle for change. Analyzing the conflicts and challenges of post-genocide Rwanda in comparison to modern parallels, the work invites reassessment of Kagame's leadership and government in an African context rather than measurement against Western standards, and critiques Western involvement in Rwanda since the early 1990s. Twenty-eight photographs and three maps supplement the text, as do a history of Rwanda's Banyarwanda people and a glossary of words in Kinyarwanda, their language. The work includes a bibliography and an index.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. 1
Exodus and Exilep. 7
Rebel Movementsp. 27
The Invasion of 1990p. 46
Offensive Against Genocidep. 63
Rebuilding Foreign Relationsp. 85
Refugee Return and the United Nationsp. 102
Hot Pursuit in the Congop. 124
Transition and Controversyp. 146
From Genocide to Gacaca: Delivering Justice in Rwandap. 166
Consulting the Peoplep. 185
Recovery and Reconciliationp. 207
The Banyarwanda in East African Historyp. 225
Glossaryp. 239
Chapter Notesp. 241
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 249
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