We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
All at once, as it seemed, something we could have only imagined was upon us – and we could still only imagine it. This is what fascinates me most in existence: the peculiar necessity of imagining what is, in fact, real.
In 1994, the Rwandan government orchestrated a campaign of extermination. Everyone in the Hutu majority was called upon to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Close to a million people were slaughtered in a hundred days. The rest of the world did nothing to stop it. A year later, Philip Gourevitch went to Rwanda to investigate the most unambiguous genocide since Hitler’s war against the Jews.
Hailed by the Guardian as one of the hundred greatest nonfiction books of all time, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families is a first-hand account one of the defining outrages of modern history, an unforgettable anatomy of Rwanda’s decimation. As riveting as it is moving, it is a profound reckoning with humanity’s betrayal and its perseverance.
About the Author
Philip Gourevitch is a long-time staff writer at The New Yorker and a former editor of The Paris Review. He was named one of the 100 Best Journalists of the Last 100 years by New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
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