One of my best friends works at Oxford University. Aside from being a thorough loon and the dictionary definition of ‘goofy’, he is also astonishingly intelligent, able to craft wonderful text in a single bound and has a passion for justice and the African continent that has no end.

He has spent as much time as possible of the past decade in Africa, especially in the region in and around Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has followed closely the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and the search for truth and reconciliation within the local communities there.

He has finally published his first book dealing exclusively with the topic. You can read the first chapter for free here.

You can also read his articles in The Guardian and Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

Events don’t just fade from news coverage and disappear down the memory hole, they can continue for years. These courts have just concluded, but the continued rebuilding of Rwanda is going to be a long process. Thanks to research and reporting like this, we can know. We need to keep encouraging diligent, thorough and ongoing journalism and research.