Quite simply, it is most likely that they simply did not feel remorse or the full impact of their actions as the genocidal discourse had remained intact during their time in prison and nothing had been done to separate the men or break down these beliefs. Mention is made in the closing chapter of the book of the men being sent to a re-education camp at Bicumbi before the majority of them were released back into the community in May 2003, but the interviews in the book took place before this occurred. Hatzfeld's final book in this trilogy, The Strategy Of Antelopes: Rwanda After the Genocide picks up where the killers have been released into the community and details their difficulty in settling back down in the communities and how their Tutsi neighbours must tolerate them.
I would certainly recommend this book, but I would certainly not recommend that this be the only book that you read on the Rwandan genocide. These are the top books that I would recommend on the Rwandan genocide:
- Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza
- An Ordinary Man: The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda by Paul Rusesabagina
- Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey by Fergal Keane
- Into the Quick of Life: The Rwandan Genocide - The Survivors Speak by Jean Hatzfeld
- The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo by Clea Koff
Despite the difficulties presented with the subject matter, I would still give this book five out of five stars.