What was Golly G’s motivation?

Guest Post:

From my research on Golriz Ghahraman, I have decided to read more about the Rwanda genocide in 1994 in order to try to understand her motivation.
I started to read a book written in 1998: We Wish to Inform You That?Tomorrow?We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories From Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch.
It is a harrowing story about the Rwanda Genocide. It is a book of nightmares, certainly not a story to read in bed, sleep wouldn?t come easy.


PHOTO: Golriz was part of the team that defended singer and songwriter Bikindi who was accused and later convicted of inciting genocide.

Now it has raised more questions about the thinking of Ghahraman volunteering and then returning to be part of the defence team. ?On the one hand, one can understand her not wanting to talk or even admit to being part of the defence because it wouldn?t be easy and something to forget. ?On the other hand, no one can excuse her because of those photos on her FB page. Those photos show her frame of mind at that time.

Golriz, if you read the book I am reading now before you went to Tanzania, would you have gone? Did you do some homework or did you just believe what you were told? Did you just ignore the victim stories so that you could advance your career? Even then you could have gone to Rwanda and helped the victims get justice. That would have been a career-defining moment as a human rights crusader.

The fact all she has done this last week is to justify her decisions as, it is part of the legal system and everyone deserves a defence, shows where her heart is. Human rights only suit when it fits in with her career.

By Sally