I have read "We Wish to Inform You" -- I thought it was brilliant. If you like staring into the face of evil, it's definitely worth a read. The author is Jewish, and I remember him drawing some interesting comparisons to the Holocaust of WWII -- specifically around how much more work it is till kill people with machetes -- in pursuit of the idea that the Rwanda massacres were not just acts of temporary madness.
I would have to revisit the book and recent events, but I am not sure Gourevitch's assessment of Laurent Kabila has stood the test of time. That said, I don't think it diminishes the book by much. Sadly, the war that started in Rwanda has continued to rage through other countries of central Africa, and continues in the Congo.
If you are interested in books about genocide, I would also highly recommend S.: A Novel about the Balkans by Slavenka Drakulic. Drakulic is a journalist who based her character (a mixed-ethnicity woman who ends up in a Serbian prison camp) on many interviews with survivors.
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