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The Tutsi Refugees Return to Rwanda

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Title

The Tutsi Refugees Return to Rwanda

Subject

Genocide -- Rwanda.
Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994.
Genocide survivors.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Binyenzi Schadrac, a Rwandan Survivor. 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

1999-11-18

Contributor

Schadrac, Binyenzi

Relation

G36-00041
Tape number: 4116C

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Rwanda.

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Schadrac, Binyenzi

Location

Tampa, Florida

Transcription

Actually, in October 1990—the Tutsi refugees who have fled the country in the previous genocides of 1960s and 1973, they kept requesting the government to come back in the country because they didn’t have any place to live. Most of them were living in a refugee camps in the neighboring countries like Uganda, Burundi, Zaire, and they have always asking the government to let them come back in the country. And the answer was always no, you cannot come back, stay where you are. And then in 1990, they launched an attack on Rwanda to come back in the country by force. Unfortunately, as they launched that attack to come back in Rwanda, the Rwandan government turned towards the Tutsi people who had stayed in the country or the Tutsi children who even never knew anything about the ’60 refugees or ’73 refugees and started putting them in jail, killing them without any reason, just with the only explanation that their relatives are attacking from Rwanda from outside. I remember myself, I’ve been in a jail in 1991. I was working, and they came to get me at work without any reason, took me to prison. I didn’t stay there very long. My house has been checked for gun hiding, thinking that I’ll—presuming that I was helping the people who were attacking Rwanda. So it was a pretty bad situation there. Children at school were being killed by grenades. Bus stations, there were always people getting killed there, stores, everywhere in the street. It was really a big mess, until 1994 when the president of the country has been killed in a plane crash that has never been so far explained, who did it and why. And the people who were in power started blaming that death on the Tutsi people. Immediately, they started killing them; it was just as fast as that. And in a very few days, the entire population was wiped out.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

4:05

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Tutsi Refugees Return to Rwanda,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed November 17, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/668.

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