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The Role of the International Community in Burundi

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Title

The Role of the International Community in Burundi

Subject

Burundi.

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: 4050F

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Burundi.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Kennedy, Michael

Interviewee

Ndayizeye, Apollinaire

Transcription

Like I said, I think that the international community did not report, nor did it get involved in the genocide in Burundi, because they were abused, abused by the then-authorities, the then-government, which has been involved, which instigated—and actually some of them perpetrated the genocide. Like I told you, when the genocide started, at the beginning there was a few elements of the army which had staged a rebellion in order to overthrow the institutions, the established institutions. The then-government, instead of taking control of the country in order to bring the people back to work and bring eventually the justice system back to work in order to prosecute those who had assassinated the president, those who had started the rebellion, they preferred to calumnize and demonize and incriminate the so-called Tutsi army. The objective of that was to get the international community involved, but on the side of the perpetrators of genocide and their supporters, so that to put the national army aside in order to let them pursue and finalize the cleansing. Why do I say that? I say that because if there was not this national army, the cleansing of Burundi out of Tutsis would have been total, would have been total. The criminals were stopped by the army, and as one of the methods that they were using was to block roads and to cut bridges and the roads so that any motorized vehicle can’t go through, then the regions that were far away from the military camps were not saved quickly. In those regions, the cleansing has been total. I can tell you that, like in the province of Bujumbura Rural, which is my own province, there has been a total cleansing in Mubimbi commune, in Isale commune, in Kanyosha commune, and so forth; as well as in Karuzi Province, where almost all the communes were cleaned up of Tutsis.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

4:05

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Role of the International Community in Burundi,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed December 16, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/622.

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