Every time a war breaks out in Africa, Western observers say the same thing: ‘Oh God, it’s going to be another Rwanda.’ Every single time. It doesn’t matter if the war is big or small; political or territorial; influenced by outside forces or more internal in nature; really bloody or not that bloody, relatively speaking – still it will be talked about as ‘a potential new Rwanda’ in which hundreds of thousands of people might be hysterically slaughtered.
No, the Central African Republic is not the ‘new Rwanda’
Westerners’ description of every new war in Africa as ‘another Rwanda’ exposes their prejudices about the dark continent.
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