oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The enemy's hand. Evil, the gospel and Rwanda 1994

Volume 27, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Fertile ground for the evil that erupted in the catastrophic Rwandan genocide of 1994 was prepared by a number of factors: the history of colonial domination; the myth of racial superiority; the weight of years of oppression on the collective psyche; the romanticisation of victims; the drive for power and its consequent expression in unremitting violence; lack of integrity and discernment in the Catholic Church's political relations and use of development monies; the presumption that successful cultural assimilation is necessarily a sign of successful inculturation of the gospel.

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