hotel des mille collines

Twenty years ago disaster struck Rwanda. A manmade disaster. Thousand upon thousands were slaughtered. Shortly afterwards we met a young man who had fled his country. He was from a Hutu and a Tutsi background. He did not trust anybody. We were outside  from the box he had been living in. We could talk in a common language, not his nor our first language. We heard a bit of the atrocities he had seen.

And in the midst of the disaster there is the man Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu, who saved over 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. They stayed in the hotel that he managed. The hotel is named  ‘Hotel des Mille Collines’ (Hotel of the thousand hills). His rescue-operation had been turned into a movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’. 

But does the movie portray the real situation? Or did something else happen at the hotel? A new book sheds new light on the situation. 


Don Cheadle in the movie Hotel Rwanda, where he acted as Paul Rusesabagina. A new book disputes the content of the movie, saying it gives Rusesabagina credit he doesn’t deserve. Photo/FILE
From the movie Hotel Rwanda

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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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