Johan Pott ier and Alex de Waal CORRESPONDENCE AND COMMENTARY
Yes, de Waal is right, initially journalists (even some very senior ones) erred in talking about age-old tribal conﬂicts. Some continue doing so. But others, aware of their knowledge gaps, took the trouble to read through recent anthropological writings (Richard Dowden, The Independent, pers. comm.). De Waal himself, incidentally, has failed to do this in depth, and anyone with any knowledge of Rwanda’s history will ﬁnd his interpretation of the past (in which Twa, Hutu and Tutsi become ‘different strata of the same group’) quite naive.