As I have kept saying, the tools of evil can also be converted into tools for good. A lesson about genocide, about a willful attempt by one social group to exterminate another, and if the one of Rwanda may not have been the largest one, the authors here show and Tom Zoellner shares full credit that it stood out from the rest in ferocity, intensity and cruelty. If you haven't, then you should. As his country was torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide of , hotel manager Rusesabagina--the "Oskar Schindler of Africa"--refused to bow to the madness that surrounded him.
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The usual stereotype is that Tutsis are tall and thin with delicate noses, and Hutus are short and stocky with wider noses, but most people in Rwanda fit neither description.
But back to Paul and how he was able to be effective in his role as hotel manager.
Observer review: An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina | Books | The Guardian
It is without question graphic, but a genocide where the chief weapon was the machete could not described without disturbing images. This book is a very well-written account of Rusesabagina's experience as a hotel manager during the Rwandan genocide of Our chance to make a difference in this world is so slim.
And I had ten years worth of friendship with some of the perpetrators of the killings. Oh if only we could have coffee with the Big Four after WWI and see if they would have made the same choices about the map if they could see what history was waiting in the future because of their decisions. It was a predictable and well-orchestrated genocide and the modern local media played a key role.
What is happening there is exactly what happened in Rwanda, only at a slower pace. But gradually ordibary used its power to reach people to spread a message of hatred against the Tutsis.
Instead of using his words as weapons of death, he saw that even the palu evil man still had some good in him, and he appealed to this part of the enemy in order to save many lives; his words became veritable tools of life.
Twelve years ago Thursday, a single attack on a plane triggered a day orgy of slaughter in the central African nation of Rwanda that left at leastpeople dead. View all 4 comments. It was, in a way, part of my job.
The history of a reluctant hero
It happened because of racial hatred. There is something living deep within us all that welcomes, even relishes, the role of victimhood for ourselves. Part autobiography of his early life, part war-time history of his country, part the basis of the movie Hotel Rwanda, this book is an rusesabagona and heartbreaking mix. I also felt that Paul's poetic way of using metaphors to explain his thought process made this an easy read that flowed.
Paul Rusesabagina, No 'Ordinary Man' : NPR
The riveting life story of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina who, as his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide ofsheltered more than 12, members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes. Well, this autobiography is by the hotel manager who managed to protect over people during that paup genocide. But I knew these men were like a wall of tissue paper standing between us and a flash flood.
Kofi Annan, UN head of peacekeeping at the time, went on to take the top job in that organisation, while Paul Rusesabagina fled to Belgium in fear of his life, the lives of 1, ordinary Rwandans in his debt. I found myself folding pages and making notes for how I will use this in class.
The contents of the crates, which had been made cheaply in China, were not remarkable in themselves, but their number - - suggested a new function had been found for machetes beyond their standard use in slicing mangoes and cutting grass.
I am a hotel manager.
He managed to turn the hotel into a refugee base and, amazingly, held off the militia and other killers for 76 days, saving the l First, listening to this book on audio was extremely powerful. True peace continues to elude Rwanda, whose new government again seems to enter a path of cronyism and corruption, evils which preceded the genocide. Feb 12, Roger Smitter rated it it was amazing.
Rusesabagina talks about how the genocide started, and what he did in order to keep his hotel running and protect the refugees. In general, oordinary are these children doing, more than a decade later? I have to admit to feeling ambivalent about that as an American. We are experiencing technical difficulties.
An Ordinary Man
Anyone Who Can Stomach It: I heard about it on the news my dad watched every night, but admittedly I was not exactly politically observant back then, and the ordinsry was nothing more than background noise to me, so I knew next to nothing when I saw "Hotel Rwanda".
He also insists that despite everything he saw and experienced, he believes that the default nature of humankind is not to kill, but to live life peaceably with each other.
But he responded with extraordinary actions. I regretted not spending more time appreciating the little things in my life that could have brought me such happiness: