When the Rwandan genocide started in early April 1994, the Batutsi of Kigali, men, women and children, pursued by hordes of slaughterers, desperately Iooked for places of refuge and hiding places. Over a thousand of them rushed to one of the capital's biggest hotels, Hôtel des Mille Collines, an establishment owned by Sabena, where safety was ensured by the UNAMIR (United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda) forces.
What did these poor people really find within its walls? Were they safeguarded, fed and cared for, and were their lives spared, thanks to the heroism of the hotel manager, as depicted in "Hotel Rwanda," the famous film released in 2005? Or were they only saved alter many harrowing weeks thanks to external circumstances that had nothing to do with the actions of the hotel management? Alfred Ndahiro and Privat Rutazibwa's book distinguishes between the facts as they really happened inside Hôtel des Mille Collines and the story as it was told eleven years later in a film that deeply moved public opinion and achieved global success.