In 1994, while nations everywhere stood idly by, 800,000 people were slaughtered in eight weeks in Rwanda. Arriving as U.S. Ambassador to neighboring Burundi a few weeks later, Bob Krueger began drawing international attention to the genocide also proceeding in Burundi, where he sought to minimize the killing and to preserve its fledgling democratic government from destruction by its own army. From Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi is a compelling eyewitness account of both a horrific and persistent genocide and of the ongoing efforts of many courageous individuals to build a more just society.
Krueger and his wife Kathleen graphically document the slaughter occurring all around them, as well as their repeated efforts to get the U.S. government and the international community to take notice and take action. Bob Krueger reconstructs the events of the military coup that precipitated the Burundi genocide and describes his efforts to uncover the truth by digging up graves and interviewing survivors. In straightforward and powerful language, Kathleen Krueger recounts her family's experience living amid civil war, including when she faced down a dozen AK-47-wielding African soldiers to save the life of a household worker.
From Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi shines a piercing light on a genocide that has gone largely unreported, and identifies those responsible for it. It also offers hope that as the truth emerges and the perpetrators are brought to account, the people of Burundi will at last achieve peace and reconciliation.
Robert Krueger (1935–2022) served as a U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator, U.S. Ambassador on three occasions, and Special Representative of the U.S. Secretary of State.
Kathleen Tobin Krueger's humanitarian and civic involvement spans the globe. She currently serves on the City Council of New Braunfels, Texas, where the Kruegers reside.
Foreword by Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Some Notes on the Text
Chapter 1. The Coup: Burundi's Army Kills Its President
Chapter 2. Burundi's Tortured History, Its Champion of Democracy, and Its Legacy of Assassination
Chapter 3. From Washington to Burundi
Chapter 4. The Embassy and the Countryside: Massacres Explored
Chapter 5. Government at a Standstill
Chapter 6. Christmas in Bujumbura: Grenades, Gunfire, and Curfew
Chapter 7. Quiet Heroes
Chapter 8. No White Hats for the Rwandan Patriotic Army
Chapter 9. Telling the Truth Draws Threats of Assassination
Chapter 10. Democracy Eaten Away: The Crocodile Is Never Satisfied
Chapter 11. The Standoff
Chapter 12. A Life of Contrast
Chapter 13. The Convent and the Camp
Chapter 14. Burundi at War and at Peace, and from the Sky
Chapter 15. The Dark Curtain: A Family Divided
Chapter 16. Gasorwe: Hundreds Massacred and a Reporter Murdered
Chapter 17. Vortex of Violence
Chapter 18. Ambushed on a Mountain Road
Chapter 19. Interlude: Three Missionaries
Chapter 20. Epiphany: Going Home
Chapter 21. Conclusion
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