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The Role of Religion in the Rwandan Genocide

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Title

The Role of Religion in the Rwandan Genocide

Subject

Genocide -- Rwanda.

Description

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.

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

1999-09-16

Contributor

Kimenyi, Alexandre

Relation

G36-00036
Tape number: 4076H

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Mallory, Sue

Interviewee

Kimenyi, Alexandre

Location

California State University

Transcription

I think the—I’d like to add that the reason why genocides are possible is because of the inaction or the indifference of the international community. When the genocide was taking place in Rwanda, as you know, the Church, for instance, which had a big power in Rwanda, did not react, did not say anything. What again saddens me today is that, for instance, priests or bishops or nuns who were involved in the killings, when they were arrested by the world government to stand trial, then we also see the Vatican complaining, saying that its people are being accused for no reason. But during genocide, the Church was silent. So this is something that I really—I fail to understand. It’s not only the Church, for instance; there are many other international institutions which could have said something during genocide, but which after genocide they’re on the side of the perpetrators instead of trying to understand or help survivors of genocide, such as orphans of genocide, widows of genocide, and so on. Those are the people who I think the international community should turn to for help. But I see that much effort is being done to deny that those responsible for genocide were not involved. Or, I see that many people are trying to help raise funds to defend those who are accused of genocide, instead of trying to help, as I said, victims of genocide.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:46

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Role of Religion in the Rwandan Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed May 20, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/579.

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