Gilles Peress, renowned for his acclaimed Farewell to Bosnia, continues his project Hate Thy Brother in this book, The Silence, which concerns itself with the class war in Rwanda. As one of the most brutal and inhumane occurrences of the twentieth century, the atrocities that occurred in Rwanda in 1994 went virtually unnoticed by the Western world. Peress challenged previous photo-documentation with this book, and spares nothing. It is one of the most harrowing collections of photographs ever published, and is impossible to experience it with the detachment of a historian.
"The immensity of this crime is beyond our imagination and is only surpassed by the unbelievable indifference of the West"
- Gilles Peress
Peress says of the situation in Rwanda, “The immensity of this crime is beyond our imagination and is only surpassed by the unbelievable indifference of the West and the developed nations who would have been able to intervene and prevent the crime…The question raised here is if man is fundamentally good or bad, if there is a possible redemption, if there can be compassion and solidarity.” As part of Peress’ design for the book, the edges are dyed in black ink, making this an even more powerful object of death.