Genocide in Rwanda

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6964.1305c (Published 12 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1305
  1. P Hall
  1. Physicians for Human Rights (UK), 57 Parliament Hill, London NW3 2TB

    EDITOR, - In his apologia on the genocide in Rwanda R Hugh James is selective to the point of misleading readers.1 For a comprehensive analysis, beyond the limits of this letter, I commend the lucid (horrific) 440 page report by African Rights.2,3 The specific points that James raises should, however, be answered before they become received wisdom.

    Firstly, he advances the now discredited simplistic view that ethnic antagonism explains the genocide. In fact, the first people to die were the Hutu …

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