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Dave Zirin, Tiphaine Dickson, Amadou Deme

Guests include Dave Zirin of edgeofsports.com, Tiphaine Dickson - legal advisor to Slobodan Milosevic, and Amadou Deme - a UN Peacekeeper and intelligence officer in 1994 Rwanda

Setting the Record Straight: Hotel Rwanda - By Amadou Deme

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TO UNDERSTAND RWANDA'S TRAGEDY: The neglected account of Captain Amadou Deme Senegalese soldier, UN intelligence officer, and witness with a conscience.
Phil Taylor

April 6 1994 is the fateful date of the beginning of the war/genocide/massacres in Rwanda. The plane of President Habyarimana was shot down over the capital city, Kigali, and horrific violence unfolded.

Everyone is asked/ordered to remember (and then told what to remember). Official memory in Rwanda is under the authority of the former Ugandan General and now Rwandan President Paul Kagame, warmly supported by prominent names from the Anglosphere like America's UN ambassador, Samantha Powers (she was not a witness but has no trouble filling pages at great length about the vast lessons to be learned).

On the night of the 6th Kagame, by all accounts, ordered his Rwandan Patriotic Forces (RPF) into attack that very same night, though there was a peace accord in pl...
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Hotel Rwanda: Setting the Record Straight
Amadou Deme

A small convoy of refugees is confronted by a murderous mob at a roadblock in the widely praised film Hotel Rwanda. The UN troops protecting the convoy, led by a bold white commander, brandish their weapons. After some scuffling, threats and a few shots being fired, the refugee trucks are turned around and the passengers safely returned to the Hotel Rwanda. The hero upon whom the film is based has now written a book, An Ordinary Man, in which he describes that terrible incident in much the same way as the film.

But in fact the crisis did not happen as depicted in the film and book. And that troubles me because I was one of the UN soldiers with the convoy. Mr. Rusesabagina, as he acknowledges, was not there, though his wife and children were among the refugees.

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