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The Future of Burundi

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Title

The Future of Burundi

Subject

Burundi.
Genocide survivors.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Apollinaire Ndayizeye, a 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

Relation

G36-00038
Tape number: 4050E

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Burundi.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Kennedy, Michael

Interviewee

Ndayizeye, Apollinaire

Transcription

The most—the message that I would like to send to anyone who would be watching this program is, first of all, to avoid being involved in such situations, being as a killer or as a subject to killers. The other message that I would like to send is to really look into what happened to Burundi during that 1993 genocide, and try to help that country reconcile based on that tragedy. This would be by, first of all, understanding exactly what happened in that country, and building a better country based on that experience—that bad experience, unfortunately.

Personally, I don’t think that it is too late for Burundi to come up from this situation. The toughest question to be resolved with that is, first of all, to understand what is undermining the Burundi population and the country as a whole, is to understand the nature of that conflict, which is more complex than most of foreigners think. Most of them would say it’s a Hutu/Tutsi antagonism, it’s a Hutu/Tutsi fight for power. While this conflict is political, social, community-based, and you can see that it is really complex. So, the future is Burundi is based on reconciliation. Reconciliation can still happen, but the first thing to do is to bring those perpetrators of killings, be it Hutus or Tutsis, to be brought before justice, judged, and determine what is to be done with them according to the laws of the country. Then, move forward with clean people and build a new country that is free of instigators of genocides and perpetrators of genocides.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:41

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Future of Burundi,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed September 20, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/621.

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