Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story ... and Why It Matters Today

Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story ... and Why It Matters Today

by Edouard Kayihura, Kerry Zukus


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Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story ... and Why It Matters Today by Edouard Kayihura, Kerry Zukus

In 2004, the Academy Award–nominated movie Hotel Rwanda lionized hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina for single-handedly saving the lives of all who sought refuge in the Hotel des Mille Collines during Rwanda’s genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Because of the film, the real-life Rusesabagina has been compared to Oskar Schindler, but unbeknownst to the public, the hotel’s refugees do not endorse Rusesabagina’s version of the events.

In the wake of Hotel Rwanda’s international success, Rusesabagina is one of the most well-known Rwandans and now the smiling face of the very Hutu Power groups who drove the genocide. He is accused by the Rwandan prosecutor general of being a genocide negationist and funding the terrorist group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

For the first time, learn what really happened inside the walls of Hotel des Mille Collines.

In Inside the Hotel Rwanda, survivor Edouard Kayihura tells his own personal story of what life was really like during those harrowing days within the walls of that infamous hotel and offers the testimonies of others who survived there, from Hutu and Tutsi to UN peacekeepers. Kayihura writes of a divided society and his journey to the place he believed would be safe from slaughter.

The book exposes the Hollywood hero of the film Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, as a profiteering and politically ambitious Hutu Power sympathizer who extorted money from those who sought refuge, threatening to send those who did not pay to the génocidaires, despite pleas from the hotel’s corporate ownership to stop.

Inside the Hotel Rwanda is at once a memoir, a critical deconstruction of a heralded Hollywood movie alleged to be factual, and a political analysis aimed at exposing a falsely created hero using his fame to be a political force, spouting the same ethnic apartheid that caused the genocide two decades ago.

Kayihura’s Inside the Hotel Rwanda offers an honest and unflinching first-hand account of the reality of life inside the hotel, exposing the man who exploited refugees and shedding much-needed light on the plight of his victims.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937856748
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,243,854
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Edouard Kayihura is a human rights activist and survivor of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, during which, he spent 100 days as a refugee in the Hotel des Mille Collines a.k.a. ”Hotel Rwanda." Before he moved to the United States, he was the prosecutor in charge of the department of the prosecutions of the genocide crime and crimes against humanity before the Tribunal of the First Instance of Kigali. He was also executive secretary and legal representative of Kanyarwanda Human Rights. He speaks at different schools and universities in the states about his experience; Transitional Justice and Reconciliation; and Genocide denial. He is the member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

Kerry Zukus’s debut novel, The Fourth House, was a Featured Selection of the Book of the Month Club®, the Doubleday Book Club©, and the Literary Guild©, divisions of Random House/Doubleday Entertainment, where it sold out its first two printings. The Fourth House had previously been named a finalist for the prestigious James Jones Award, annually given to the best first novel by an American author.

Zukus has worked invisibly behind the scenes for years, ghostwriting numerous books in a wide variety of genres. Zukus' short stories, essays and articles have graced a variety of magazines and periodicals. His plays have appeared at theatres across the country.

Table of Contents

Foreword xvii

Glossary of Organizations and Terms xxii

Introduction xxviii

1 Divide and Rule 1

2 The Night the Fuse Was Lit 12

3 Shelter Inside a Wall 16

4 Dodging Machetes 21

5 Thank God I Will Die with Other People 28

6 Sanctuary 35

7 Why?? 43

8 Brother Versus Brother 52

9 Protectors in Baby-Blue Helmets 57

10 And Then Everything Changed 62

11 Cut Off 68

12 Beer and Killers 75

13 Like Nixon to China 81

14 To Profit from the Walking Dead 88

15 Names, Numbers, Collaborators, and Betrayers 102

16 Hostages 110

17 The Barter of Bodies 116

18 Kabuga 122

19 Return to the Moonscape 128

20 Justice and Rebuilding 135

21 Hollywood 144

22 The Freedom to Become His Real Self 179

23 President Rusesabagina? 200

24 Rwanda Today 232

Acknowledgments 249

About the Authors 251

Index 252

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this work, Inside the Hotel Rwanda by Edouard Kayihura and Kerry Zukus, to be one of the most brave, insightful, and enlightening memoirs of persecution and genocide in our lifetime. It is an honor to finally read an accurate and true depiction of the struggle of those who survived this heinous genocide inside the Hotel des Mille Collines; to finally hear the true story of the real heroes. I find myself utterly heartbroken for those survivors who's accounts are deemed secondary next to the fictitious Hollywood rendition of a man who has and still profits from the misery of the persecuted.  As a historian, I can only hope that these true accounts can take precedence in future history courses over the propaganda spread by Rusesabagina and his political backers.  This is more than a must-read. This book is truth. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's so horriable that the Hutus would do that ,just that so any inocent people died all because they didnt like someones colored skin or of their cultural background.I only have one question.was it really worth killing thosands or even millions of people who were just like you or me and honestly ,think to yourself for just a moment ,kids of the ages of five or even six being killed just for being Tutsi when they dont even really understand what the hell is going on ? Or heres another one, discrimination for just being diffrent who cares if your black or white. Hutu or Tutsi everyone has a right to live so think about that ...