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Rwandan president Paul Kagame has made a career out of appearing to be a man of peace and prosperity. His leadership has been praised by President Bill Clinton and depicted as Rwanda’s saving grace.
This could not be further from the truth. Kagame may appear to be a savior, but he is a devil in disguise.
In this startling exposé, a former member of Kagame’s staff introduces you to the man behind the mask. Instead of peace, Kagame spreads violence wherever he goes. Political leaders, religious figures, businesspersons, journalists, and average citizens are all targeted under Kagame’s regime. The brutality has even spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Author David Himbara argues that Kagame is a dictator who doesn’t simply see violence as a means to an end but openly delights in it. Since 1994, the Rwandan and Congolese populace have lived in fear of being killed or simply “disappearing” at Kagame’s discretion.
Whenever Kagame attracts attention for his crimes, he has a convenient villain to blame it on. Himbara encourages all readers to stop buying into this lie. The only enemy is Kagame, and he must be stopped before his violence spreads even further!
Hailed by Western elites as a leader of extraordinary vision, Paul Kagame portrayed himself as the president who helped shepherd Rwanda into a prosperous, modern future. But as this book shows, the truth is far from what we’ve been led to believe.
In truth, the former rebel leader Kagame was a well-spoken gangster, using his position of power to loot his own people for personal gain and enrich private interests. But with praise and support from luminaries like former US president Bill Clinton and former British prime minister Tony Blair, the full truth behind Paul Kagame’s corrupt rule was never exposed to the light of day. This book changes that.
Author David Himbara blows the whistle by showing that Kagame looted the national pension, bilking his own people. In the process, he drained his country’s prosperity to line his own pockets.
With Kagame’s party still in power, this shocking, straightforward account is filled with international intrigue and riddled with terrifying implications. Now that Kagame has been exposed, only one question remains: will the world hold him and his party accountable for their heartless, brazen thievery?
In Praise of Blood by Judi Rever
A Must Read Book to know what really happened in Rwanda
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The UN documents leaked to me amount to historical vindication for Kagame’s victims. They also stand as a testament to the courage of young Tutsis who had been part of a brutal regime yet broke free, risking censure
and death to tell the truth. Kagame has grossly miscalculated the mix of fury and shame that many of his men felt after committing acts of depravity. A soldier who was part of a mobile killing unit in Ngondore told me that before they were shot, dozens of Hutu men, women and children were tied up and forced to sit on the edge of a steep hill near a tea plantation, their backs facing the soldiers. He admitted that, day after day, it was the same operation: he and the other soldiers methodically unloaded their guns into the bodies of a total of two thousand civilians on that hill in April 1994. The memory of these executions has never left him.
In 1997 I went to Congo and met refugees in the forests south of Kisangani and in transit camps. I traveled to the equatorial town of Mbandaka then down to the capital, Kinshasa. Then I went back to Goma and crossed the border on foot to Gisenyi, Rwanda, before going through Ruhengeri to Kigali and its surrounding rural areas. That trip, in particular my foray into the Congolese jungle, was a crucible where I discovered a level of suffering that overwhelmed me. For a very long time, I doubted if I could ever truly tell the story of what I heard and saw.
It took me two decades to reorient myself, to shake down the emotions and observations from that trip. But I continued to speak to victims and observers of the violence that has gripped the region. Over the last five years I have devoted myself full-time to understanding the dynamics of Kagame’s violence prior to, during and after the genocide. What has inspired me throughout my reporting is the power of memory and the way it works to conquer fear. This book is a testament to the courage of some two hundred direct and contextual witnesses of RPF crimes, including officials who worked at the UN tribunal set up in the aftermath of the genocide. I am grateful to all those who shared their stories and let me into their profound inner world. As their testimony reveals, Kagame did not commit these crimes alone. He operated — still operates — with significant political cover. I continue to be astonished by all the ways he has got away with it.
Violence is never abstract for the victim or the perpetrator. In Praise of Blood puts a human face on the violence in Rwanda and Congo. It names those alleged to have orchestrated the most heinous of crimes. For reasons of safety, however, I cannot identify by their real names most of the witnesses who talked to me or provided me with documents for this book. Kagame remains a powerful, protected and dangerous figure.
“In Praise of Blood is compulsory reading for a world that has acknowledged only half the story of the Rwandan genocide. We owe a debt of gratitude to Judi Rever for risking her life to bring us the whole truth of that genocide in this great work of investigative journalism.” — Terry Gould, winner of the CJFE Tara Singh Hayer Press Freedom Award and author of Worth Dying For and Murder Without Borders
“This is an unflinching account of one of the most ruthlessly executed and cynically exploited human catastrophes of the twentieth century. If you thought you understood the genesis of the Rwandan genocide, think again. If you are confused by the origins of the ongoing carnage in the Congo and Zaire, mysterious murders in Uganda and South Africa, start reading now.” — Linden MacIntyre, award-winning broadcast journalist and Scotiabank Giller award-winning author of The Bishop’s Man
“In Praise of Blood will remain a work of reference on Rwanda for decades to come. Judi Rever exposes and meticulously documents a litany of crimes against Rwandans that forces loyal to the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, have killed many people to conceal. We are indebted to Rever’s courageous reporting in the face of great personal risk.” — Anjan Sundaram, journalist and author of Bad News and Stringer
About the Author
JUDI REVER is a freelance print and broadcast journalist who started her career with Radio France Internationale before working for the wire service Agence France-Presse, reporting from Africa and the Middle East. Her reporting on Rwanda has been featured in seven front-page stories in the Globe and Mail over the past three years, and she has been named a country of origin information expert on Rwanda by the Rights in Exile Programme, which promotes the legal protection of refugees. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy Journal, Le Monde Diplomatique, Humanosphere, Digital Journal and the Africa Report.
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