[One of the goals of this blog has been to see certain important writings on Africa, which have till now only appeared in French, faithfully and readably rendered in English. Writers like Faustin Ntilikina, Eduourd Karemera, Gaspard Musabiyimana, the late RPF Lt. Joshua Abdul Ruzibiza, and most recently, Charles Onana (subject of our last post) and Pierre Péan (our next), have been shut out of Anglo-Saxon literary culture because of the political parti pris the English-speaking world has with the Big Lie.
In 2009 I was introduced by my dear friend, former French Foreign Legionnaire, Col. Jacques Hogard (whose own book about 60 days of Operation Turquoise, 'Les larmes de l'honneur', needs to be added to our 'must-translate' list) to JMV Ndagijimana, the former Rwandan Ambassador to Paris (Oct. 1990 to Apr. 1994), then Foreign Minister (named by Faustin Twagirimungu from the MDR party) in the 'Broad-based National Unity government' in July 1994.
Ambassador Ndagijimana had written a book entitled 'Paul Kagame a sacrificié les Tutsi,' and, knowing my involvement in this history, offered me the great honor of translating it. Our translation is now out on Édition La Pagaie. The book goes a long way to explode the RPF myth of the single genocide of strictly 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu, slaughtered in the space of 100 days between 6 April and 13 July 1994; and cites, with great sadness, some of the names of the Ambassador's colleagues, friends and family, both Hutu and Tutsi, whose lives were wantonly taken in the overthrow of the multi-party Rwandan government, established after the assassination by the RPF of President Juvénal Habyarimana and based strictly on the conditions of the Arusha Peace Accords.
One of the book's strongest themes is the role played by Yoweri Museveni and his Ugandan military and intelligences services in setting up the foreign aggression of 1 October 1990, carried out by ranking officers of the Ugandan NRA (whose refugee status was, thereby, nullified)--and backed by the US, UK, and Israel, as a precursor to the seizures of South Sudan and Darfur, and the eventual elimination of the al-Bashir regime in Khartoum, in the interests of these same imperialist 'Great Powers.'
The book, now called 'How Paul Kagame Deliberately Sacrificed the Tutsis', is a fascinating read (if I do say so myself!), and is a breath of hope that more such beacons of historical Truth about Africa will find their way into the language of Shakespeare, Dickens and CM/P. --mc]