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Understand what happened in Rwanda is a painful task that we have no right to shirk it is part of being a moral adult Machete Season The Killers in Rwanda Speak 2003 by Jean Hatzfeld trans Linda CoverdaleA few years after interviewing the Tutsi victims Hatzfeld went to a prison in Rwanda to interview perpetrators of the enocide from the same region as the victims he previously interviewed The interpreter Hatzfeld employed was one of the Tutsi victims interviewed in his earlier book The Hutu men had fled before the RPF mainly into what was at the time Zaire Eventually the people in the refugee camps were repatriated to Rwanda and many of the perpetrators were imprisoned pending legal actionThree things in particular stood out in these interviews First the way in which the killing was made into a work routine there was a Down Lambeth Way general starting time the need for excused absence if you missed work and the end of the day of workiven by a uniform signal which all obeyed Second after the day of killing and looting the men would Lebanese War gather in bars known in local parlance as cabarets drink compare notes and brag about the numbers of people they had killed Third all of the men interviewed felt they were being victimized by the Tutsi led regime in Rwanda for something they were compelled to do the argument being that if they did not participate they would have been killed for refusing This however was not truePerhaps the following excerpts can help explain what I mean One evening at the rough beginning we came back late We had spent the day running after the fugitives We were tiredBut on the way back we discovered anotherroup of The Sacred Band girls and boys We pushed them along as prisoners to the judge s house He ordered that they be sliced up on the spot in the dark No onerumbled despite our weariness from an exhausting day But afterward he assigned us ordinary schedules such as we were used to p 63And For the simplest farmers it was refreshing to leave the hoe in the yard We The Shadowhunters Codex got up rich we went to bed with full bellies we lived a life of plenty Pillaging is worthwhile than harvesting because it profits everyone eually p 64In addition to the interviews Hatzfeld included some research material on the background of each of the men he interviewed One of them was a relatively important figure in atrocities in that region Joseph Desire Bitero He was also a leader among the prisoners at the time of the interviews The author described an encounter with Bitero at the prison He arrived in his pink uniform with a swing in his step exchanging discreet friendlyreetings with every other prisoner he met He did seem jolly said hello nicely and would Dry Hard gladly have offered us a beer if he d had one handy Whenever Joseph Desireoes back and forth between his special block and the arden by the road he claps some former drinking or killing companion on the back fires off a joke winks and rolls his
eyes and asks how everyone s doing testing his popularity while trying and asks how everyone s doing testing his popularity while trying renew old ties p 165 173 He was an ordinary jovial neighborly uy FrighteningIn the final chapter of the book entitled The Killers Hatzfeld delivers short biographies of each of the men interviewed Two of them struck me in particular Leopold Twagirayezu was described as having been a fervent Catholic since childhood Fulgence Bunani was described as A fervent Catholic he served as a voluntary deacon during lesser rites in the church in Kibungo and filled in for the pries who had to minister to several parishes That church in Kibungo was the site of a massacre of 5000 people who had taken shelter thinking they would be spared because they were in a churchThe Democratic Republic of Congo Between Hope and Despair 2013 by Michael DeibertTen years after Hatzfeld released his book of interviews with the perpetrators of the Das Haus der Angst genocide author and journalist Michael Deibert released this book This book traces the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC and it relates inreat detail the time in recent history after the Rwandan Values and Professional Knowledge in Teacher Education genocide In doing so he discusses what he refers to as The Great Congo Wars which took place essentially between 1994 and 2001 Of course conflicts continued in regions of the DRC after 2001Only when one reads the book can onerasp the enormity of the conseuences of these wars but three things stood out in Deibert s account of this time in history First that different African nations including Kagame s Rwandan regime and Uganda s Museveni regime among others supported various bands of fighting Searching for Wanda groups in different resource rich areas of the DRC Their purpose was resource extraction To facilitate the resource extraction various multi national mining companies worked with these armed bands Second the money from the resource extraction was invested in buying armsuns bullets renade launchers mortars missiles and so on Third these militias were known for three things in particular mass killing brutally violent rape and impressment of children to fight as soldiers for a first hand account of how this could happen see Beah 2007 Deibert explains The effect of the continued battles on the population was horrendous as in the town of Kpandroma about 50 miles north east of Bunia which saw an average of one rape case reported every day "between July and mid December 2004 It was in Deibert s book that I understood about the killing of Hutu "July and mid December 2004 It was in Deibert s book that I understood about the killing of Hutu One instance in 1997 was described as systematic methodical and premeditated p 60 Throughout th. Absolutely must o onThese horrific accounts of life at the very edge contrast with Hatzfeld's own sensitive and vivid descriptions of Rwanda's villages and countryside in peacetime These voices of courage and resilience exemplify the indomitable human spirit and they remind us of our own moral responsibility to bear witness to these atrocities and to never forget what can come to pass again Winner of the Prix France Culture and the Prix Pierre Mille Life Laid Bare allows us in the author's own words to draw as close as we can Daddys Sweet Girl: A Dark Stepfamily Love Story get to the Rwandanenoci. .
I ALSO READ PHILIP GOUREVITCH S WE WISH TOalso read Philip Gourevitch s We Wish to You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families Gourevitch s account is a harrowing tale of the events leading up to and in the immediate aftermath of the 1994 Thrones, Dominations genocide These books encouraged me to find out by reading the books reviewed here I will be cross referencing them belowLife Laid Bare The Survivors in Rwanda Speak 2000 by Jean Hatzfeld trans Linda CoverdaleIn this book Hatzfeld interviewed Tutsi survivors from one region of Rwanda and related their stories In this region 50000 out of 59000 Tutsi s were killed by Hutu militias Most of the survivors hid in nearby marshes where many of the victims were hunted down and chopped to death with machetes The survivors from the marshes could often hear loved ones being hacked to death sometimes they could even see it happening from where they were hiding The victims were in hiding for over a month before the Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front RPF army coming from Uganda drove the Hutus out of Rwanda If the RPF had not come when they did most of the victims interviewed concurred that the Hutus would have successfully wiped out everyone In one case of particular irony a man who escaped the Hutu machetes by running through the forest every day lost a leg to a land mine sometime after the Hutus had fled the region Still pointing fingers at the Hutus is easy because they were the ones wielding the cutlasses Here is what one of the victims said to the author Neither do I wish to express what I think about why the Whites watched all these massacres with their arms crossed I believe that the Whites take advantage of the uarrels among Blacks to sow their own ideas afterward and that s all When one reads Gourevitch s book the connection among France the President of France and his son an arms dealer and the Hutu power military that instigated theenocide in April 1994 Gourevitch 1998 pp 89 155 see also Deibert 2013 p 53 Reading about these experiences and sharing the thoughts of these victims is a profoundly moving and disturbing experience In addition it is a cautionary tale of the danger of building a machinery of hate One can easily forget the horrors that can exist in the world of human beings when one is living in a relatively peaceful place with a privileged and protected middle class lifestyle Still these words are a weak transmitter of the experiences of the victims As American writer Susan Sontag wrote in the preface "Of Hatzfeld S Second Collection To Make The Effort To. "Hatzfeld s second collection To make the effort to. The enocide from orphan teenage farmers to the local social worker For years the survivors had lived in a muteness as enigmatic as the silence of those who survived the Nazi concentration camps In Life Laid Bare they speak for those who are no longer alive to speak for themselves; they tell of the deaths of family and friends in the churches and marshes to which they fled and they attempt to account for the reasons behind the Tutsi extermination For many of the survivors life has broken down while for others it has stopped and still others say that it.
Read Dans Le Nu De La Vie Récits Des Marais RwandaisFirst off this is not an easy read It is not an enjoyable read In fact I have a hard time recommending it at all as it is deeply disturbing But like books of the Shoah I think that it is important history to not forgetThis book is told from the point of view of survivors of the Rwandan enocide in a very specific region of the country an area where 4 out of 5 Tutsi residents were slaughtered If you watched Hotel Rwanda let me say this is nothing like that It is much worse and even worse than HBO s reat film Sometimes in April This book is much raphic infinitely sad and remarkable in the insights of the victims They have a much honest view of the Jace's Pet genocide than is reported by sources outside the countryOne of the things I found very unusual was the manner in which the survivors describe their plight their neighbors who committed theenocide and their possible motivations etc The author notes that the text has been translated a number of times from the native language Kinyarwandan to French or sometimes a French dialect then finally to English The result is some unexpected language that seemed to make me think about the meaning and what the speaker was trying to convey of an event that is almost indescribableDon t read this book if you are sensitive to horrific information Believe me this The Mistake (Off-Campus, genocide though smaller in scope involved cruelties as bad if not worse than the Nazis MadagascarIt s part of Rwandan custom to take refuge in God s houses when the massacres begin Time let us have two days of uiet then they rushed into the church and starting slicing people upI save how savagery can replace kindness in the heart of man faster than a driving rainWe remember all the fearsome moments we personally lived through as if they had happened just last yearI hear no one asking for forgiveness In any case I know that there is nothing that can be forgivenWe must simply take up life againTo feel hate you must be able to direct it at definite names and facesIf I were not stopped short by poverty I would travel far from here to a country where I wouldo to school all week long and play soccer on a nice Piraten! grassy field and where no one would want to mistrust me and kill me ever againI live a life that no longer interests meThe Whites watched all these massacres with their arms crossed I believe Whites take advantage of uarrels among Blacks to sow their own ideas afterwardsI suffer from begin tied to this present life which is not the one I was supposed to haveIf youo home you will be killed If you flee into the bush you will be killed If your remain here you will be killedSurviving with the memory of your wife and child when you don t know how they were killed when you have not seen them dead and when you have not buried them is what takes the most heart out of youIf you will jot be dying first if you will hear the cries of your papa your mama the screams of your wife or child and if you cannot lift a hand to save them or even to help them die easier you in turn will die in the wreckage of the feelings you
in the times because you will feel uilty for a situation that is utterly beyond youFor us there is before during and after but they are three different lives and they have been broken apart foreverI yearn for the pastWe breathedshared in the
of deathIf you linger too long with the fear of The Complete Guide To Surfing Your Best genocide you lose hope You lose what you have to salvage from life You risk contamination from a different madness When I think about theenocide in a moment of calm I mull over where to put it properly away in life but I find no place I simply mean that it is no longer anything human This is a hard book to read from the comfort and safety of your own warm bed I whipped through it in a couple days It s heart wrenching Each chapter is the story of a different survivor of the From Tree Dwellings To New Towns genocide in Rwanda Life Laid Bare by Jean Hatzfield 4 Stars In 1994 between eleven in the morning on Monday April 11 and two in the afternoon on Saturday May 14 about fifty thousand Tutsis out of a population of around fifty nine thousand were massacred by machete murdered every day of the week from nine thirty in the morning until four in the afternoon by Hutu neighbors and militiamen on the hills of the district of Nyamata in Rwanda pg 14Jean Hatzfield has uite a collection of work dealing the Rwandaenocide each from a different perspective Last year I read the Machete Season based on interviews of ten Hutu members imprisoned for their participation in the slaughter Life Laid Bare provides the survivors perspective Hatzfield again personally interviews fourteen survivors ranging in age from 12 65 years old In many "ways the stories are similar Most people initially sought refuge in a local church as that "the stories are similar Most people initially sought refuge in a local church as that the traditional method of survival during past conflicts However it became apparent rather uickly that this time safety would not be afforded forcing those surviving the initial onslaught to flee into the marshes Here difficult decisions had to be made Would a family stay together or separate to increase the chances of at least one member surviving If not survival separation could at least make death easier for whoever was not killed first When everyone in a family must die when you can do nothing to save your wife or ease her agony and it s the same for her it s better to o et yourself killed somewhere else I will say what I mean precisely If you will not be dying first if you will hear the cries of To make the effort to understand what happened in Rwanda is a painful task that we have no right to shirk it is part of being a moral adult Susan SontagIn the late 1990s French author and journalist Jean Hatzfeld made several journeys into the hilly marshy region of the Bugesera one of the areas most devastated by the Rwandan A Streetcar Named Desire. By Nicola Onyett (Philip Allan Literature Guide genocide of April 1994 where an average of five out of six Tutsis were hacked to death with machete and spear by their Hutu neighbors and militiamen In the villages of Nyamata and N'tarama Hatzfeld interviewed fourteen survivors of.deeply of deathIf you linger too long with the fear of enocide you lose hope You lose what you have