In April 1994 the Rwandan government called upon everyone in the Hutu majority to kill each member of the Tutsi minority. Though the killing was low-tech – largely by machete – it was carried out at shocking speed: some 800,000 people were exterminated in one hundred days. Philip Gourevitch’s haunting work chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighbouring states since that time with a vivid history of the tragedy’s background and an unforgettable account of its aftermath. A Tutsi pastor, in a letter to his church president, a Hutu, used the chilling phrase that gives Philip Gourevitch his title.
Paperback 368 pages. Originally published 2000.