A Review of Rucyahana’s Book

In 2007, journalist Tony Gosgnach reviewed John Rucyahana’s book “The Bishop of Rwanda.” He said:

Perhaps the only figure who emerges with some degree of integrity in Rucyahana’s view is the current Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, who was leader of the Rwandan Patriotic Front and whose forces ultimately defeated the Hutu Power government to effectively end the genocide.

Rucyahana credits Kagame especially with preventing a retaliatory bloodbath in the wake of the genocide and also with what he sees as a “miracle” of restoration and recovery that has taken place in subsequent years.

On the other hand, not mentioned by Rucyahana is the Wikipedia report that Kagame’s Rwanda, along with Uganda, invaded the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1998, resulting in an estimated 3.8 million deaths, a toll not seen in wartime since World War II. Perspective, as they say, is everything, and readers must keep this in mind as they take in Rucyahana’s version of events.

The Gersony report makes the account said to be in this book sound unlikely at best.

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