‘Hotel Rwanda’ Exposed In New Book

What Really Happened Inside Hotel Rwanda?

Hotel Rwanda – the movie.

Rwandans who survived the Genocide at Hotel des Mille Collines during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and experts have said that a new book by Edouard Kayihura is a major contribution in the fight against Paul Rusesabagina’s lies that he saved Tutsis at the hotel.

They made the declarations, yesterday, in Kigali while attending the launch of the book, “Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story… and Why It Matters Today.”

Through Hollywood movie, Hotel Rwanda, Rusesabagina comes across as Oskar Schindler, an ethnic German industrialist, spy, and member of the Nazi party, who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.

Indeed, Rusesabagina rides on the fame he gained from the movie, Hotel Rwanda, to tell the world that he used his influence during the 1994 Genocide to save hundreds of Tutsi and other Rwandans who had sought refuge at the prestigious Hotel des Mille Collines (now Hotel des Mille Collines by Kempinski) in Kigali.

But the hotel’s refugees who survived the Genocide after the Rwanda Patriotic Army negotiated their freedom don’t endorse Rusesabagina’s version of the events.

Through ‘Inside the Hotel Rwanda’, Kayihura, himself a survivor from the hotel, tells the story of what really happened during the Genocide and discredits the 2004 Hollywood film that he said inaccurately portrayed Rusesabagina as a hero.

While launching his book, Kayihura said Rusesabagina was more interested in selling hotel services at the Mille Collines than helping the refugees.

He said that access to water and telephone were cut off for the refugees when Rusesabagina arrived at the hotel as its manager.

Kayihura said Rusesabagina would also threaten to send the refugees out to their killers when they failed to raise money for hotel bills.

“Rusesabagina has always been a war profiteer and a friend of those who committed the Genocide. We survived because the Rwanda Patriotic Front stopped the Genocide and saved all of us. We must clarify distortions and misconceptions while we are alive,” Kayihura said.

Some of those who survived the Genocide at Hotel des Mille Collines praised the writer for telling their true story and exposing Rusesabagina’s flawed narrative.

“When I was reading this book, I reviewed in my mind all that happened at the hotel and reading the book it is as if it happened yesterday,” Wellars Gasamagera, another survivor from the hotel said.

Gasamagera said the Hotel Rwanda movie was produced by those who were interested in covering up the true story of what happened in Rwanda.

Other Mille Collines survivors, including Pierre Canisius Kagabo and Justin Mugabo, also said they didn’t know about Rusesabagina’s role in saving their lives.

“I never knew Rusesabagina; I was actually surprised when he was proclaimed a hero,” Kagabo said.

Mugabo wondered how Rusesabagina could know how to save refugees at Hotel des Mille Collines when he had invited no one to seek sanctuary at the hotel.

“None of the Mille Collines refugees will tell you that they knew Rusesabagina during our time at the hotel, as far as saving our lives was concerned,” Mugabo said.

The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide, Dr Jean Damascène Bizimana, said Kayihura’s book is a good foundation in fighting the lie about Rusesabagina as imposed by the movie Hotel Rwanda.

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Source: The New Times

3 Responses to ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Exposed In New Book

  1. Raul June 26, 2015 at 9:13 am

    In the news today, dozens (DOZENS!) of people were shocked when they found out a movie wasn’t true.

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  2. PistonFreak June 27, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I don’t know what to think. Maybe what Kayihura’s saying is true, but I’ve learned to be cautious towards such stories, cos they could easily be just a bit of anti-Hutu propaganda. I’ve heard too many such things in the aftermath of Yugoslav wars: “Oh yeah, maybe that family in Vojvodina really did save pur son that deserted the Army, but they are still Serbs so they must’ve had some otjer agenda” etc.

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  3. Gerald Muise June 27, 2015 at 8:41 am

    the movie has a lot of the things in it that this book claims to debunk. i dont know what actually happened. just sayin

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