By Anjan Sundaram
The writer of the acclaimed Stringer: A Reporter’s trip within the Congo now strikes directly to Rwanda for a gripping examine a rustic stuck nonetheless in political and social unrest, years after the genocide that surprised the world.
Bad News is the tale of Anjan Sundaram's time operating a journalist's education application out of Kigali, the capital urban of 1 of Africa's such a lot densely populated international locations, Rwanda. President Kagame’s regime, which seized energy after the genocide that ravaged its inhabitants in 1994, is frequently held up as a beacon for growth and modernity in principal Africa and is the recipient of billions of greenbacks every year in reduction from Western governments and overseas enterprises. Lurking beneath this shining imaginative and prescient of a latest, orderly nation, in spite of the fact that, is the robust weather of worry springing from the government's brutal remedy of any voice of dissent. "You cannot glance and write," a policeman ominously tells Sundaram, as he's taking notes at a political rally. In Rwanda, the testimony of the individual—the facts of one's personal experience—is beaten by way of the pensée unique: the only mind set and talking, proscribed by way of these in energy.
A brilliant portrait of a rustic at a rare and hazardous position in its heritage, Bad News is an excellent and pressing parable on freedom of expression, and what occurs whilst that strength is seized.