“The Dead can play a powerful political role only if the living allow them to speak”

By: Jennifer Fierberg Dr. Alison Des Forges, born in Schenectady, New York, in 1942, began studying Rwanda as a student and dedicated her life and work to understanding the country as well as exposing the serial abuses suffered by its people with the goal of helping to bring about change in the country. Tragically, she died in the crash of Flight 3407 from Newark to Buffalo on February 12, 2009 and the age of 66. Des Forges was a senior adviser to Human Rights Watch’s Africa division for almost two…

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