The 1994 genocide of the Tutsi by the Hutu was an attempt to exterminate a minority people. It was unprecedented in speed and scale, comparable to the genocide of the Armenians by Turkey and the Nazi Holocaust. But the violence continues today as supporters of the racist ideology of Hutu power undermine the established version of events through systematic denial, propaganda and fake news. This campaign seeks to minimise what occurred and blame the victims for their fate. The systematic denial continues to spread and is promoted by media, academics, lawyers and politicians.
In this searing account of the aftermath of the genocide, investigative journalist Linda Melvern exposes the attempts to falsify the historical record. This includes a campaign by French military officers, implicated in events, to lay the blame on volunteer peacekeepers in the UN military operation. She reveals the true story behind the owner of Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, and his links with the killers, as well as the number of génocidaires at large, and the priest killers protected by the Vatican. The excessive secrecy and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts by Western governments serves Hutu Power in its disinformation campaign.
Intent to Deceive is a chilling, thoroughly investigated exposé of how politicians continue to use the crime for their own ends, long after the killing has ceased.