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Common Patterns to Genocide

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Common Patterns to Genocide


Genocide -- Prevention.


Oral history video clip featuring Alexandre Kimenyi a professor at California State University, Sacramento. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.


Media Entertainment, Inc.


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


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




Kimenyi, Alexandre


Tape number: 4075G


video / mp4




Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata


Mallory, Sue


Kimenyi, Alexandre


California State University


There is—actually, right now I’m editing a book called Anatomy of Genocide. The reason I called it the Anatomy is because indeed, people who are responsible for genocide, they do it scientifically, in a systematic way. Something, which is (inaudible), the methods of killings, the way they do it, it’s very, very much similar. I don’t know if you’ve been following what’s going on in East Timor right now. I heard on the news when watching TV; I’m always struck by the similarities between what happened in Rwanda and what happening in East Timor right now. So, for instance, the militias, who are trained; in Rwanda we had militias as well. There’s a complicity between the military and the militias. So, you have the militias have all the permission to do whatever they want. And also, I was struck to see that the same tools that were used in Rwanda are being used in East Timor as well, such as machetes. I see also the setting up the road blocks in Rwanda also. There, during the genocide, the militias and the military would stop people in vehicles and so on, and they would ask for identification papers from the people to see whether they are Tutsis or Hutus. If you are Tutsis, of course, you are killed immediately. So in East Timor also, you see that if you are pro-independence or if you are pro-Indonesia—if you are pro-independence, of course, (inaudible). There is the setting up of road blocks to be able to identify the so-called “enemy.” There is also, again, the use of terrorism, where they make sure that people start panicking, run away to places such as churches or soccer stadiums, because there, once we have a group of people, it’s easier to kill many than killing one individually. The killing is faster. So yeah, I see many, many similarities between all genocides, yes.

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