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Journalism of Moral Witness

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-09-01 00:00:00
I recently purchased a New York Times Bestseller and Editor's Choice entitled, "We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families" by Philip Gourevitch. Winner of The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The George K. Polk Award for Foreign Reporting, The Helen Bernstein Book Award, The Overseas Press Club Cornelius Ryan Best Book Award, The PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction and lastly, National Book Critics Circle Award.
I know nothing of awards, but the intro reads as follows:

Decimation means the killing of every tenth person in a population, and in the spring and early summer of 1994 a program of massacres decimated the Republic of Rwanda. Although the killing was lowtech--performed largely by machete--it was carried out at dazzling speed: of an original population of about seven and a half million, at least eight hundred thousand people were killed in just a hundred days. Rwandans often speak of a million deaths, and they may be right. The dead of Rwanda accumulated at nearly three times the rate of Jewish dead during the Holocaust. It was the most efficient mass killing since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

You can understand why I haven't yet turned the page..