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The Schadrac Family During the Rwandan Genocide

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Title

The Schadrac Family During the Rwandan Genocide

Subject

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

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: 4116E

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Rwanda.

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Interviewee

Schadrac, Binyenzi

Location

Tampa, Florida

Transcription

When I got in Nairobi on April 11, I have been able to communicate with my wife, who was in Tanzania, in Mwanza, Tanzania, where I had dropped her off a couple days earlier. Like I said, I took my wife and my children out of Rwanda in April 19, ’94. Then, when I got in Nairobi, I called her and told her I was safe. The following days, I started meeting some people who were also leaving Rwanda because of the situation that was unbearable. Then I met one gentleman that I knew who was a Hutu, who was not on the list of those who have to be killed by—he was my neighbor. And he told me that my parents have been killed, that he has himself saw groups of people in the neighborhood of my parents that have been gathered in the churches and the marketplaces and were being shot and killed with weapons, local weapons like machetes and swords. And he told me, “No hope; don’t hope for your parents.” And as the news were all over the world about the Rwandan genocide, a couple months—I don’t remember exactly the month—there was a—the French government called Mission Turquoise that was sent in Rwanda. Basically, it was sent to three provinces, western provinces of Rwanda. One of the three provinces, Kibuye, is the province where I was born, where my parents and my relatives were living. So they stayed in that area, preventing, actually, those who were fighting to leave the country, prevented them to advance. So they would prevent to advance, and the government soldiers were advancing, killing the Tutsi people and the moderate Hutu people. There was no chance for any survivors in Kibuye and two other provinces, Cyangugu and Gikongoro. That’s where many Tutsi people have been killed, and that’s how I’ve lost my mother, my father, many siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts. It’s a big—almost the whole extended family. That’s how they have been wiped out and killed over there.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

4:09

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Schadrac Family During the Rwandan Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed July 17, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/671.

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