Book review of Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad by Michela Wrong

Book review of Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad by Michela Wrong

A British-based journalist with more than two decades of experience covering Africa, Wrong acknowledges that she, along with other Western commentators and historians, contributed to the mythmaking. The mass killings of Tutsi that followed the April 6, 1994, shoot-down of a plane bringing Rwanda’s Hutu president, Juvénal Habyarimana, from peace talks in Tanzania were so horrific that few reporters had any appetite for examining the lesser, but still significant, crimes of the “liberators” against the Hutu majority. In Wrong’s words, “the storyteller’s need to identify Good Guys and Bad Guys, culprit and victim,” made “fools of us all.”

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