Saturday, February 14, 2009

Alison Des Forges: 1942-2009

on february 12th, Alison Des Forges, a human rights activist who documented the horrors of the Rwanda Genocide, was killed in a plane crash in Buffalo, New York.

her account of the Genocide, 'Leave None to tell The Story' powerfully recounts the massacres that took place before and during 1994, and she has been one of the foremost voices of those whose lives were so brutally taken and irreparably damaged.

in recent years, i have taken issue with some of her methods and her general approach, but as a student of human rights and as a Rwandan, i had great respect for this woman who believed so fiercely in her mission and who was passionate about Rwanda and the region.

may she rest in peace.

here is the statement from Human Rights Watch:
Leading Rwanda Expert Killed in a Plane Crash

Letter from Rwanda, Alison Des Forges, New Yorker 1995