2/07/2005

Hotel Rwanda Thoughts

Hotel Rwanda is the most powerful and significant film I have seen in decades. The one thing I was struck by the film is the need for Africa to be independent. The complicity of france in the genocide that occurred is something that Africans need to note quite clearly (If you watch the film there is a telling scene involving a phone call from Rwanda to Belgium to France, back to Rwanda). The same complicity that China has in Darfur because of Oil (I will find a link to a great summary by a Nation correspondent later)is mind boggling. Africans just need to realize that no one cares. If you do not care for each other and take care of each other, others will continue to use your differences to undermine your society, kill your people (or rather have you kill each other – its cheaper for them ofcourse) and rob you blind. Rob you blind since your eyes are fixed on your neighbor. The film is another wake up call. Africa needs to rely on itself. Africa needs to be cynical. We haven't woken up have we?

3 Comments:

Blogger bankelele said...

have not seen it alisted in Nairobi yet, but can't wait

2/11/2005 1:42 AM  
Blogger jjray said...

Here are s few links with information (or at least allegations) on the French complicity in the Rwandan genocide:

Link 1Link 2I do not wish to minimize the sins of former colonial powers in Africa; however, IMHO this was primarily a crime by Africans against Africans. Tribal passion and hatred is much older than the existence of Europeans in Africa. Only Africans can mend this problem (tribal violence) and it would certainly help if former colonial powers did not back one side or the other for their own purposes. There is a famous quote that goes: "I have been to the front and seen the enemy, and the enemy is us." That simple wisdom applies to all countries and peoples. It certainly applies to America. There might be some truth in this regard for Africa as well.

2/12/2005 10:57 AM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

True true, there is more happening now in Congo, a continuation of what happened in rwanda. Sad as it may sound but it appears the reality is "genocide again" and not "never again". The weird thing in Congo is the mix of all these groups and situations, plus the vast mineral wealth that is the bain of most african countries.Sadly very complex.

2/12/2005 12:24 PM  

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