The Dean of the National University of Rwanda wrote a comment in "Jeune Afrique" about the recently published book of Kofi Annan. Although
generally viewed merely as a Public Relations on a nostalgic ego trip, Professor Silas Ababamba viewed very seriously the reference to Rwanda, where
around one million people were killed. He pointed out to the alert faxes sent by U.N. General Romeo Dallaire from Kigali to New York while Annan
was responsible for Peacekeeping operations and took no action, indeed prevented the General from taking action to try and avert a looming massacre. It was
not just a "sin of omission" as claimed, the writer said, adding that someone like Annan who could mobilize public relations campaigns could have
pressed the Security Council more forcefully, or alerted a wider public. The Rwandan commented that -- with such a failed background -- Annan, "who is
enjoying a celebrity status upon retirement," was the least qualified for appointment as Special Envoy to Syria.