By Dorcas sarcozy via fb
I am still reading the Kinzer book on Rwanda and Kagame and I highly recommend it.
I particularly love the book’s Afro-centric /Rwanda-centric view of the proverbial events on the ground, in this case Rwanda post-genocide.
This proudly Afro-centric view of what’s good for Africa/Rwanda, while far from perfect, is one that most westerners readily question or outwardly denigrate without any tinge of irony given their own societies’ woes but importantly, given the west’s complicity in the very situation/s (colonization/neo-colonization) they then rush to save us (Africans) from!
This excerpt (p323) captures Paul Kagame’s/Rwanda’s (and my take) take and view on the now-burgeoning cottage industry of “experts” and critics of Rwanda and how it has evolved since 1994:
“I don’t give too much time to some of these criticisms. They are misplaced, out of context, made by people who are used to dealing with ordinary situations.
Ours is now an ordinary situation.
It has built into me some sort of contempt for people who don’t see the situation as it actually is, who don’t see the depth and breath of what we are facing.
They are trying to set an example when they are no example.
They want to be emulated when they do not deserve to be emulated.
For me, human rights is about everything. Even languishing in poverty as a result of colonization and other situations of the past violated human rights. If you solve that, you solve the human rights’ issue.
People in the West shy away from that and don’t even want to talk about it. They run away from the significant blame that should be put on their shoulders.
This is not just one person here or there. This is the killing of societies or nations we are talking about.”