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The Burundi Genocide's Death Toll

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Title

The Burundi Genocide's Death Toll

Subject

Burundi -- History -- Civil War, 1993-2005.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Henri Boyi, a Professor at University of Western Ontario. 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

1999-07-26

Contributor

Boyi, Henri

Relation

G36-00034
Tape number 4047C

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Burundi.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Kennedy, Michael

Interviewee

Boyi, Henri

Transcription

In December of 1993, that's a little bit more than two months after the genocide started, between 100,000 and 150,000 were reported by the national and international media to have been killed. But we have to know that since then until today, there have been killings every single week. Tens and sometimes hundreds and sometimes even thousands of people have been killed weekly. So, I would side with the people who say that more than 250,000 people have been killed so far. In the first couple of months, it was mainly Hutus who were killing Tutsis, of course; Tutsis in a very indiscriminate way. Tutsis were killed no matter age, no matter the region, the profession; everybody who belonged to the Tutsi ethnic group was killed. But this was also, as some people have termed it, a political cleansing, because the Hutus who were against the ideology of genocide, the Hutus who didn't want to join their brothers and sisters in killing Tutsis, were also killed. Those who are commonly called the moderate Hutus, they were killed along with the Tutsis. And starting from January '94, there were lots of killings on both sides: Tutsis who reorganized and started reprisals all over, when their Tutsi--when the other Tutsis were killed in villages, they would organize and go in to kill the Hutus who killed them. And at the same time, when they have such a large scale of killings, there were of course lots of people who went into exile, people who fled their properties and went into exile; and also, a lot of them--hundreds of thousands--who were among the displaced who went into refugee camps in the country, and who are still there today.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:13

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Burundi Genocide's Death Toll,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed March 23, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/479.

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