Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story ... and Why It Matters Today

Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story ... and Why It Matters Today

Edouard Kayihura, Kerry Zukus

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 1937856747

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In 2004, the Academy Award–nominated movie Hotel Rwanda lionized hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina for single-handedly saving the lives of all who sought refuge in the Hotel des Mille Collines during Rwanda’s genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Because of the film, the real-life Rusesabagina has been compared to Oskar Schindler, but unbeknownst to the public, the hotel’s refugees do not endorse Rusesabagina’s version of the events.

In the wake of Hotel Rwanda’s international success, Rusesabagina is one of the most well-known Rwandans and now the smiling face of the very Hutu Power groups who drove the genocide. He is accused by the Rwandan prosecutor general of being a genocide negationist and funding the terrorist group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

For the first time, learn what really happened inside the walls of Hotel des Mille Collines.

In Inside the Hotel Rwanda, survivor Edouard Kayihura tells his own personal story of what life was really like during those harrowing days within the walls of that infamous hotel and offers the testimonies of others who survived there, from Hutu and Tutsi to UN peacekeepers. Kayihura writes of a divided society and his journey to the place he believed would be safe from slaughter.

The book exposes the Hollywood hero of the film Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, as a profiteering and politically ambitious Hutu Power sympathizer who extorted money from those who sought refuge, threatening to send those who did not pay to the génocidaires, despite pleas from the hotel’s corporate ownership to stop.

Inside the Hotel Rwanda is at once a memoir, a critical deconstruction of a heralded Hollywood movie alleged to be factual, and a political analysis aimed at exposing a falsely created hero using his fame to be a political force, spouting the same ethnic apartheid that caused the genocide two decades ago.

Kayihura’s Inside the Hotel Rwanda offers an honest and unflinching first-hand account of the reality of life inside the hotel, exposing the man who exploited refugees and shedding much-needed light on the plight of his victims.

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hotel. I do not know for sure if anyone was turned away. If they were, I am certain they are now dead; I am certain they were killed within minutes or hours of not getting safe refuge within the hotel walls. I and the others I’d befriended found the most difficult part of our various journeys to the hotel to be the long treks to the main gate. Once we’d gotten inside the gate, we were in the clear; we were safe. Those who managed to join us after the new hotel manager arrived, though, told a far

Life was unpredictable; we never knew what was going to happen next. The women and girls would wake up and go upstairs to the sixth floor to cook something, and then they would come down at noon so we could all eat together. We started running out of food; sometimes we would only eat once a day. The water pressure and service began to get inconsistent, so to conserve water, the men and boys would get some water from the hotel swimming pool and we would use it to cook and to bathe. After a

decimated by the war, and it would be a year before it was finally rebuilt and fully functioning again in late 1995. Once the new government took office, it was the task of the appointed minister of justice, Jean Marie Vianney Nkubito, to set up a justice system. There were already nearly ten thousand jailed prisoners suspected of genocide. It was not until after the promulgation of the Organic Law of August 30, 1996, on the Organization of Prosecution for Offences Constituting the Crime of

of attempting to build himself up as some sort of superman, Rusesabagina spoke not of the Hotel Rwanda, but instead went into what has become his post-2010 political stump speech of painting everything in Rwanda after 1994 as evil incarnate, focusing naturally on President Kagame. No balance, no context, a terrifying lack of factual data, and no firsthand information whatsoever. On January 11, 2013, the political newsletter Counterpunch featured an interview with him conducted by Daniel Kovalik.

academic citation, we made the effort to find out whether some paper on this topic even exists by someone named Kambanda, and we actually found one. It is a short article written by Charles KM Kambanda, PhD, a public policy analyst and international human rights lawyer at St. John’s University School of Law in New York.68 Kambanda is a frequent critic of President Kagame and that is his God-given right. In Kambanda’s actual article, a commercial opinion piece and not a peer-reviewed academic work

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