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Hiding During the Burundi Genocide

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Title

Hiding During the Burundi Genocide

Subject

Genocide -- Burundi.
Genocide survivors -- Interviews.

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: 4050C

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Bujumbura (Burundi)

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Kennedy, Michael

Interviewee

Ndayizeye, Apollinaire

Transcription

Oh, of course, living in the capital city helped save me and those who were living in the capital city by that time, because the genocide that sparked actually all over the country did not happen the first days, the very first days, in the capital city. The reason: because first of all, the capital city has a mixed population of Hutus and Tutsis, and it was really difficult to mobilize the Hutu killers in order to kill their neighbor Tutsis. The other reason is because in the capital city is gathered most of army and gendarmerie camps. So, the city was well protected.

Oh, this is another -- another big, big problem, a big matter that causes me a lot of trouble when I think about it. Actually, all our belongings were taken away; all our houses were burnt down. And as a matter of fact, the then-governor of the province, my hometown province, which is called Bujumbura Rural, ordered himself the killing -- the killers -- to start by my family, to start by my family because my family was the most in evidence, like we had -- we were like at the top richest of the region, the area, the village. And my father used to be a ruler of that area.

The other thing is that when he ordered those killers to start by my family, he also added that not only that everyone would have to be cleaned up -- killed, I mean -- that all the houses, starting by the nicest house, which was for my biggest brother who used to be -- who is ambassador, and another one who is -- how would I say that? A businessman. And those had the very nice, beautiful houses, and they were burnt down.

After that, all the properties were shared among the neighbors and those killers, and they were occupied. The burning of the houses is one of the general means and methods that was used during that genocide. It was due -- it was intended to prevent all the survivors from coming back to that place. Since then, all the survivors who remained in the country actually are still now -- today that we are talking; they are still in camps, survivor camps.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

4:13

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Hiding During the Burundi Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed November 17, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/430.

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