Silent Accomplice: The Untold Story of France's Role in the Rwandan Genocide

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I.B.Tauris, 2006 - History - 242 pages
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The massacre of 1 million Rwandan Tutsis by ethnic Hutus in 1994 has become a symbol of the international community's helplessness in the face of human rights atrocities.  It is assumed that the West was well-intentioned, but ultimately ineffectual.  But as Andrew Wallis reveals in this shocking book, one country - France - was secretly providing military, financial and diplomatic support to the genocidaires all along.  Based on new interviews with key players and eye-witnesses, and previously unreleased documents, Wallis's' book tells a story which many have suspected, but never seen set out before.  France, Wallis discovers, was keen to defend its influence in Africa, even if it meant complicity in genocide, for as French President Francois Mitterrand once said: "in countries like that, genocide is not so important". Wallis's riveting expose of the French role in one of the darkest chapters of human history will provoke furious debate, denials, and outrage.
  

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This is a shocking account of the disregard the French government under Mitterrand showed towards African lives. Well referenced, this describes how sections of the administration supported those ... Read full review

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An extremely damning book on the role of France in the genocide of nearly a million people in Rwanda. In some ways the author is making connections that you could make with nearly any major power ... Read full review

Contents

Invasion and Intervention
14
Civil War and Peace Talks
37
Militia Massacres and Arusha
51
Retreat
79
Arming the Genocide
102
Operation Turquoise
122
Bisesero and Withdrawal
146
Burying Genocide
180
Conclusion
199
Notes
217
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Andrew Wallis is a freelance journalist and a researcher at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford.

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