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Joseph Mutaboba on Genocide as the Work of Political Leaders

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Title

Joseph Mutaboba on Genocide as the Work of Political Leaders

Subject

Genocide -- Rwanda.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Joseph Mutaboba, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-08-11

Contributor

Mutaboba, Joseph
Sarcona, Michael

Relation

G36-00037
Tape number: 4053F

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Rwanda.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Sarcona, Michael

Interviewee

Mutaboba, Joseph

Transcription

The genocide is the work of political leaders, I should think. And once the political leaders have done their job -- their dirty job, I call it -- then the people become like part of the whole system. They internalize the whole concept, and they take the actions in their own hands and it becomes kind of a copyright for themselves.

In that case, what happens? Even the politicians now come along and blame their own people, instead of blaming themselves. So, it's a matter of putting a kind of an order canonically to know who starts what. How does it come up? How does it stem from the people and from the country, the region?

The world has failed to educate children about the causes -- the possible causes of genocide, what can be -- what it is, how it can come up, and see how it can be avoided. I'm sure that the -- if this kind of education had been given to children in Rwanda, for example, although the magnitude of the problem was so high, I still believe that people would not have been able to accept to kill other people. I know, for example, if you take the case of Rwanda, in south -- in Butare, for example, killings came at a late stage. Why? Because people had resisted. The local authorities have said no; the people themselves have said no. Until the president -- then acting president -- and his government came to give some kind of an order, a strong order to do it.

So, that's part of education, which has been lacking all along. And I strongly believe that if you do introduce such kind of studies and education in the curriculum, national curriculum, of course I cannot say that it will completely eradicate that evil thing in our minds, but at least you can minimize the risks of genocide occurring again.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:53

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Joseph Mutaboba on Genocide as the Work of Political Leaders,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed October 23, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/413.

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