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Author Odom, Thomas P. (Thomas Paul), 1953-

Title Journey into darkness : genocide in Rwanda / Thomas P. Odom ; foreword by Gen. Dennis J. Reimer
Edition First edition
Published College Station : Texas A & M University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 297 pages) : illustrations
Series Texas A & M University military history series ; 100
Texas A & M University military history series ; 100
Contents Early years -- Soldier, scout, statesman -- Return to Zaire -- A little town, a little hell: Goma -- Operation support hope -- Land of the dead -- Resurrecting a country -- War clouds gather
Summary "In July 1994, Thomas P. Odom was part of the U.S. Embassy team that responded to the Goma refugee crisis. He witnessed the deaths of 70,000 refugees in a single week. In the previous three months of escalating violence, the Rwandan genocide had claimed 800,000 dead. Now, in this vivid and unsettling new book, Odom offers the first insider look at these devastating events before, during, and after the genocide." "Odom draws on his years of experience as a defense attache and foreign area specialist in the United States Army to offers a complete picture of the situation in Zaire and Rwanda, focusing on two U.S. embassies, intelligence operations, U.N. peacekeeping efforts, and regional reactions. His team attempted to slow the death by cholera of refugees in Goma, guiding in a U.S. Joint Task Force and Operation Support Hope and remaining until the United States withdrew its forces forty days later. After U.S. forces departed Odom crossed into Rwanda to spend the next eighteen months reestablishing the embassy, working with the Rwandan government, and creating the U.S.-Rwandan Demining Office." "Odom assisted the U.S. Ambassador and served as the principal military advisor on Rwanda to the U.S. Department of Defense and National Security Council throughout his time in Rwanda. This book candidly reveals Odom's frustration with Washington as his predictions that a large war was coming were ignored. Unfortunately, he was proven correct: the current death toll in Rwanda is over three million." "Odom's account of the events in Rwanda not only illustrates how failures in intelligence and policy happen but also shows that a human context is necessary to comprehend these political decisions."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-286) and index
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Subject Odom, Thomas P. (Thomas Paul), 1953-
Americans -- Rwanda -- Biography.
Diplomats -- Rwanda -- Biography.
Diplomats -- United States -- Biography.
Genocide -- Rwanda -- History -- 20th century.
Refugees -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Goma (Nord-Kivu) -- History -- 20th century.
Goma (Nord-Kivu, Congo) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994 -- Personal narratives, American.
Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994 -- Atrocities.
Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994 -- Refugees.
Genre/Form Biography.
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1603446133 (electronic bk.)
9781603446136 (electronic bk.)