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A Witness to the Rwandan Genocide

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A Witness to the Rwandan Genocide


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


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.


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.




Schadrac, Binyenzi


Tape number: 4116D


video / mp4




Oral History



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Schadrac, Binyenzi


Tampa, Florida


On April 6, 1994, around eight PM, I heard on the radio that the plane that was carrying the president, President Habyarimana Juvénal, from a meeting in Tanzania, that plane was shot down. Immediately that night, the government radio started broadcasting communiqués that people should stay in the house. Then I was in a house of a friend of mine, and as we thought that—as we were panicking, we were confused, not knowing what to do, we saw—I saw soldiers running around and people crying in the street, being shot down, being killed. And we could peek through the windows and see people in the street, see bodies in the street. On the eighth of April we were still in that house, without going out, without being able to get any food supplies, and I decided to leave that house because the gun noise was so close, and I could see through the windows that there was really a big disorder, there was a big panic in the population around. I decided to get out that house on the eighth, under the cover of the night. And I headed towards a school, a nearby high school that was headed by Catholic priests from Belgium; that school’s name is—school named Kicukiro, Kicukiro. I was close to the Kigali airport. Then I left towards—west to that high school. On my way during that night, I could hear people crying. I didn’t pass though streets or through regular roads; I passed though swamps and bushes and just tried to pass by way where nobody could see me; that was at least my plan. It took me a long time to get to that school, about three hours. I was very tired and discouraged; I didn’t know that I would make it. Then, finally I made it to that school. When I got there, I thought that I would be by myself, but I saw many other refugees from that neighborhood. There were more than 3,000 people there, some of them badly wounded. Their stories were very scary. And I left that school on eleventh of April, April 11, and left with the expatriates who were evacuated by the French and the Belgian soldiers. On our way from that school to the airport, in the convoy of the French soldiers, we could see all over the street bodies freshly killed and those who have been killed, you know, two days or more than three days: all over there, all over the street. It was—you could see that. It was very horrifying.

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