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Contributing Factors to Genocide

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Title

Contributing Factors to Genocide

Subject

Genocide -- Burundi.
Front pour la démocratie au Burundi.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Apollinaire Ndayizeye, survivor of the Burundi genocide. 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

1999-08-06

Contributor

Ndayizeye, Apollinaire
Kennedy, Michael

Relation

G36-00038
Tape number: 4049A

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Burundi.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Kennedy, Michael

Interviewee

Ndayizeye, Apollinaire

Transcription

Okay. The thing that I think that make people so disposed to kill their neighbors has been, first of all, the teachings that they have been receiving during the election campaigns. The ruling party -- the then-ruling party, FRODEBU, which was composed of majority Hutus was -- it has been told and it has been demonstrated that they fought campaign on ethnic basis, telling people to vote for Hutus and not for Tutsis. Therefore, the people were given some promises that once elected, the Hutus gonna make them live better.

Let me tell you that Burundi is almost at 90 percent rural, with analphabetism -- do you call it analphabetism? Illiteracy rate! Illiteracy rate of around 50 percent. So most of those people who are non-literate are abused, have been abused.

The other factor that might be major is that it is a very poor country. If someone comes and promises you to be rich suddenly after that you kill your neighbor, taking over his house, taking over his job, taking over his whatever they wouldn’t tell them, even wives, then they would kill. Now, why would those politicians, or so-called politicians, would incite them to do so? It's first of all because of the political struggle in order to control, to be able to control the country's resources, which like I told you it's a poor country, so those country's resources are not so great. They are not enough for everyone; only those who are high-ranking or privileged, as you can see. That is the major reason why I think that could happen.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:09

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Contributing Factors to Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed May 20, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/429.

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