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Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Freddy Mutanguha on saying goodbye to his mother

Language: English

  • Genocide: Live Wesige on Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

    Language: English

    On April 6, 1994, an aircraft carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana was shot down by a surface-to-air missile as it was about to land in Kigali airport. Everyone aboard the plane was killed: Habyarimana; president of Burundi, Cyprien Ntaryamira; and a three-man French crew. While it remains unclear who fired the missile, the event is viewed as having ignited the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide.

    Live Wesige remembers hearing the news about the president’s death and describes the violence that ensued in his neighborhood the next day, April 7, 1994.

  • Rose Burizihiza on the Beginning of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

    Language: Kinyarwanda

    Rose Burizihiza describes how the Hutu leaders in her town met to plan how they would kill the local Tutsis.

  • Roméo Dallaire on the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide

    Language: English

    Roméo Dallaire describes how quickly violence escalated in Rwanda in 1994 and his disappointment in the lack of support from the international community.

  • Valerie Nyirarudodo on forgiveness

    Language: Kinyarwanda

    Valerie Nyirarudodo says she has forgiven the perpetrators of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda who have asked for it, and encourages others to follow the same path.

  • Alphonse Kabalisa on anti-Tutsi propaganda

    Language: Kinyarwanda

    Alphonse Kabalisa recalls listening to anti-Tutsi propaganda on the radio with his father, after the death of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana. Alphonse’s testimony is featured in the IWitness activity, Information Quest: The Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

  • Carl Wilkens on neighbors speaking up

    Language: English

    Carl Wilkens, an aid provider during the Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, describes the courageous acts of his neighbors. 

  • Kizito Kalima on the importance of learning the lesson

    Language: English

    Rwandan Tutsi Genocide survivor Kizito Kalima shares his hope that people take action to prevent future genocides. He vows  to do anything necessary to ensure the world is a safe, peaceful place.

  • Edith Umugiraneza on the Interahamwe Militia

    Language: English

    Rwandan Tutsi Genocide survivor Edith Umugiraneza describes her first contact with the Interahamwe militia, which was threatening violence against Tutsis.

  • Freddy Mutanguha on saying goodbye to his mother

    Language: English

  • "Concentration Camps" or "Labor Camps" were facilities in which people were incarcerated on the basis of their political and/or religious beliefs or ethnicity, usually without regard to due process.

  • This theme focuses on how the Nazis forced large numbers of Jews into restricted housing areas, often enforced with walls, fences, and/or guard towers. Movement in and out of the ghettos was strictly controlled and violation was punishable by death.

  • These testimony segments focus on physical concealment (as an individual or part of a family) to avoid ghettoization, incarceration, deporation, or other forms of persecution

  • These testimony segments focus on descriptions of home life, family events, religious observances, and education before the occurrence of genocide.