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Guns Over Kigali: The Rwandese Civil War -1994 (A Personal Account)
The world has come to know about the carnage and human suffering in Rwanda through the reportage by newsmen. Guns Over Kigali is no such reportage. It is personal account of a UN peacekeeping soldier who was in the thick of the action to bring sanity into a country that had gone berserk.
Major General Anyidoho, the author of this book, survived the mayhem and the hectic moments in Rwanda and tells the world the true story of the events as he saw them. What is valuable in his account are the lessons he draws which have profound implications for UN peacekeeping around the world. Students in military institutions, researchers in war studies, politicians, policy makers, relief NGOs and the general reader interested in international relations will find this book a compelling and very useful reading.
In Rwanda the author was the Deputy Force Commander and Chief of Staff of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) where he collected the material for this book.
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Major General Henry Kwami Anyidoho is a product of the Ghana Military Academy, the USA. Signals School at Fort Gordon, Georgia and the United States Marines Command and General Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. His peacekeeping career started with the UN Emergency Force II in Sinai. This was followed by further service in Lebanon, and Rwanda. As senior staff officer at the General Headquarters, Ministry of Defence Ghana, he was deeply involved in the planning of Liberia and Cambodia peace-keeping operations. In Rwanda he was the Deputy Force Commander and Chief of Staff of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) where he collected the material for this book.
Major General Anyidoho has participated in many international conferences and workshops on peacekeeping. He was the UN expert who helped to draft a document for the Chiefs of Staff of the central organ of the OAU on conflict resolution in 1996. The author progressed in active service to the rank of a Major General and retired after almost forty-two years of meritorious service. He was also decorated with the Distinguished Service Order for Gallantry. On retirement, the United Nations engaged him for a number of missions culminating in his appointment as the Deputy Joint Special Representative for the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Mission in the Darfur region of The distinguished General is a Senior Research Associate of the King’s College of London.