iv. By Falling from a Tree or Hung Like a Dog
‘Rwanda (Bizimana) confirmed that President Habyarimana had been assassinated and that at present the recovery of the burned bodies is being undertaken. He noted that the President was accompanied by close advisers also. No doubt it was carried out by the “enemies of peace” he said. The situation in Kigali would be difficult and he went on the express appreciation to the UN for “standing by” the people of Rwanda to date and said he believed that the UN force in Rwanda would have a “beneficial effect” hoping that it would “take steps to limit the situation” on the ground.’
‘A little before the accident involving the President’s aeroplane, soldiers from Gisenyi and Ruhengeri,…were in the habit of bragging in the camp that the President would soon be dead “by falling from a tree or hung like a dog”. Sergeant Major RUHAMANYA, my roommate, who was part of the Intelligence Unit, was one of those men and was in the habit of telling us in the bedroom the way in which the President was going to die. He seemed to be certain of what he was saying, and it did not seem to be empty bragging.…At one time, around 2 to 3 days before the accident, the same group of soldiers declared that the President was in fact dead.’
What kinds of narratives does an incomplete set of images in themselves generate? Where, in this case, are the overlaps between prophecy and myth and how does the story change as the images age – as we lose details to retellings and resolution?