Ain’t that the truth

The Economist eulogizes Alison Des Forges, a tireless campaigner against the Rwandan genocide.

She made calls, sent faxes and frantically gathered information. By April 17th she was convinced that a full-blown genocide was under way. She was one of the first outsiders to say so. But everyone who mattered ignored her.

Africa specialists at the State Department wept with her when she described what was going on, but who listens to Africa specialists?