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Resisting GenocideThe Multiple Forms of Rescue$
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Jacques Semelin, Claire Andrieu, and Sarah Gensburger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.001.0001

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From “Rescue” to Violence

From “Rescue” to Violence


(p.331) 20 From “Rescue” to Violence
Resisting Genocide

Scott Straus

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how the extreme rapidity with which the genocide was carried out facilitated the extermination of Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994. It focuses on how local officials, local elites, and ordinary citizens acted to prevent violence and in some cases protect Tutsis within the first ten days of the genocide. Local officials, for example, organised joint civilian patrols of Hutus and Tutsis. The chapter considers the dynamics of rescue within the context of local opposition to efforts to start the genocide in particular communities. To demonstrate the link between rescue and violence, it looks at three communes: Giti, Musambira, and Taba. The chapter concludes by analysing how and why rescuing activities and opposition to violence ended in Rwanda — why violence arose where it was initially opposed.

Keywords:   genocide, Tutsis, Rwanda, violence, Hutus, rescue, Giti, Musambira, Taba

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