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Scouts at her Majesty’s Service

From: Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa


In Chapter 4, Philpot critiques and highlights the fact that a commission comprising of mainly American, Canadian, and French nationals– six of ten members of whom admitted that they knew nothing about Rwanda before going there in January 1993, and none of whom spoke Kinyarwanda (Rwanda’s national language)– spent two weeks in the country. It is pointed out that in any other situation candidates for an important commission like this one– with no experience or knowledge of the country in question– would be expected to decline to participate to avoid the disapproval of their peers and the public.



Robin Philpot

Robin Philpot is a Montreal writer, translator, and publisher. He has written six books in French and is co-author of A People’s History of Quebec.