Surviving the Slaughter The Ordeal of a Rwandan Refugee in Zaire

ISBN-10: 0299204944
ISBN-13: 9780299204945
Edition: 2004
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Description: nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Though the world was stunned by the horrific massacres of Tutsi by the Hutu majority in Rwanda beginning in April 1994, there has been little coverage of the reprisals that occurred after the Tutsi gained political power. During  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 10/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Though the world was stunned by the horrific massacres of Tutsi by the Hutu majority in Rwanda beginning in April 1994, there has been little coverage of the reprisals that occurred after the Tutsi gained political power. During this time hundreds of thousands of Hutu were systematically hunted and killed. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Surviving the Slaughter: The Ordeal of a Rwandan Refugee in Zaire is the eyewitness account of Marie Béatrice Umutesi. She tells of life in the refugee camps in Zaire and her flight across 2000 kilometers on foot. During this forced march, far from the world’s cameras, many Hutu refugees were trampled and murdered. Others died from hunger, exhaustion, and sickness, or simply vanished, ignored by the international community and betrayed by humanitarian organizations. Amidst this brutality, day-to-day suffering, and desperate survival, Umutesi managed to organize the camps to improve the quality of life for women and children. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;In this first-hand account of inexplicable brutality, day-to-day suffering, and survival, Marie Béatrice Umutesi sheds light on a backlash of violence that targeted the Hutu refugees of Rwanda after the victory of the Rwandan Patriotic Front in 1994.nbsp; Umutesi’s documentation of the flight and terror of these years provides the world a veritable account of a history that is still widely unknown. After translations from its original French into three other languages, this important book is available in English for the first time. It is more than a testimony to the lives and humanity lost; it is a call for those politicians, military personnel, and humanitarian organizations responsible for the atrocious crimes—and the devastating silence—to be held accountable.

Catherine Newbury is Associate Professor of Political Science and African Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Foreword
Author's Acknowledgments
Translator's Acknowledgments
Maps
Prologue
I Discover My Ethnic Identity
Increasing Violence
Descent into Hell
Survival in the Camps at Kivu
A Difficult Choice
Pursued Westward
Hunted by the Rebels and the RPF
The Death Camp at Tingi-Tingi
Hunger on the Road
My Life for Ten Dollars
The End of the Ordeal
Acronyms
Personal Chronology
Chronology of Political Events in Rwanda

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