Prunier vividly describes the grisly aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, whilst a few million refugees--a 3rd of Rwanda's population--fled to exile in Zaire in 1996. the recent Rwandan regime then crossed into Zaire and attacked the refugees, slaughtering upwards of 400,000 humans. The Rwandan forces then became on Zaire's despotic President Mobutu and, with assistance from a few allied African nations, overthrew him. yet as Prunier indicates, the cave in of the Mobutu regime and the ascension of the corrupt and erratic Laurent-Désiré Kabila created an influence vacuum that drew Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and different African countries into a longer and chaotic struggle. the center of the publication records how the entire middle of the African continent turned engulfed in an intractible and bloody clash after 1998, a devastating warfare that basically wound down following the assassination of Kabila in 2001. Prunier not just captures all this in his riveting narrative, yet he additionally indicts the overseas group for its utter loss of curiosity in what used to be then the biggest clash within the world.
Praise for the hardcover:
"The so much formidable of a number of striking new books that reexamine the intense tragedy of Congo and crucial Africa because the Rwandan genocide of 1994."
--New York evaluation of Books
"One of the 1st books to put naked the complicated dynamic among Rwanda and Congo that has been using this disaster."
--Jeffrey Gettleman, New York occasions booklet Review
"Lucid, meticulously researched and incisive, Prunier's will most likely turn into the traditional account of this under-reported tragedy."
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