"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)
posted by texasinafrica at 4/27/2010
The Rwandan man in the narrative you have linked here stated “These people you see here, most of them have killed. It was everyone, so many people involved.” This seems to me, a perfect example of the age old axiom perception equals reality. I'm sure this man believes entriely that what he states above is the truth. However several reputable/throrough stuides (I think you have even referenced a few in your blog posts)have come to the emphatic conculsion that only a very small pertecentage of the population actually partipated in the killings. Perhaps, not only the man who is quoted above, but most Rwandans would reject the findings of these studies. My comments are in no way meant to miinimize the very real psychologically traumatic effects that the genocide has had on the entire population of Rwanda, or to suggest the genocide is any less ghastly, or number of people killed any less if only committed by a small percentage of the population. In fact, I'm trying to highlight what a great tragedy it is that a very small percentage of a poulation can committ these terrible genocidal killings and render such a devastating psychological trauma the entire population. Theworldbeyondmyfrontporch
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 1:34:00 PM
If you read the trilogy written after research in Bugesera - The Killers Speak, Strategy of an Antelope etc - it does not support the idea that it was only a minority. In fact part of the concept was that everyone should be involved just as it was that all tutsi and moderate hutu be killed.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:19:00 AM
Anon, I'm not sure it matters how many people actually participated in the killings. The problem is the perception that everyone did.
Sunday, May 02, 2010 8:31:00 PM
TexasinAfrica,Thanks for your comments. I do agree with you entirely that the perception is that most people killed in Rwanda. And furthermore, I will accept the statement that perceptions viewed as reality often can never be seen in any other light even if in actual fact there are not reality. You did say something though that I feel compelled to respond to. Let me first say that I am personally very skepitical that true justice can be achieved in regards to the killings and numerous other crimes that occured during the genocide in Rwanda. I am aware of the gacca courts and other intiatives that have been used to pursue justice in Rwanda in relation to the genocide and I do admire these efforts. However, if true, complete justice is still an objective/ideal that is being sought after in regards to those crimes that occured during the genocide. Then I must respectfully disagree with your comment that you aren't sure it matters how many people actually partcipated in the killings. In my opinion, who actually partcicpated in the killings is of vital/crucial significance to any achievement of true justice. People being wrongly accused and being sentenced for crimes they in fact didn't commit is not true justice. Just as equally, if people are in fact walking all around Kigali who did kill(as one the main characters of the above story suggests), and have never been brought before any sort of justice, this equally is not true justice.So for me, in as much as justice is still an objective possibilty in regards to the killings and other crimes committed in the genocide, who in fact actually did the killings (whether many or few) is of the utmost importance.Theworldbeyondmyfrontporch
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 9:15:00 AM
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