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How can Hutus rebuild lives and moral compasses if they are forever expected to atone for their terrible deeds? Can communal happiness and fulfilment be coerced by a South African-style truth and reconciliation process? How would you feel if you were asked to pass the man who murdered your close relatives in the street every day? How would you feel if your father were that murderer? Life is almost impossible, of course.
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But the sad truth for Rwanda is that it is poor. The land must be cultivated. People must be productive.
Social structures must be rebuilt. Rwanda can't keep tens of thousands of men incarcerated, no matter what they have done.
And so both sides must live as neighbours, aided, it is hoped, by a system of community courts - gacaca - which mimic the South African model. Much Western aid is linked to the success of this system. So, how do Rwandans manage?
There are as many answers to that question as there are Rwandans, and the beauty of The Strategy of Antelopes is that Hatzfeld sees this and allows each of his interviewees to present his or her own answer, in his or her own time. This book, like its predecessors, is awash with compassion, a clear-sighted lack of judgmentalism, and an obvious humanity.
What comes through incredibly clearly is how wise these people are. They understand completely that what happened is so far outside the natural course of things that it can never be mended, but they also understand completely that life does, and must, go on.