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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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Crossing a Border to Escape

Crossing a Border to Escape


(p.345) 21 Crossing a Border to Escape
Resisting Genocide

Charles Kabwete Mulinda

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the rescue of Tutsis in the Gishamvu and Kigembe communities — located in the far South of Rwanda on the Burundi Frontier — during the 1994 genocide. It looks at the means by which the survivors avoided death, with particular reference to the role played by time, space, and the participants in Gishamvu and Kigembe. Drawing on the eyewitness accounts of twenty-two genocide survivors, the chapter examines how the majority of survivors escaped extermination in the two communities. Finally, it discusses the role played by the Burundi military in the rescuing of those who fled Gishamvu and Kigembe as they crossed the frontier.

Keywords:   rescue, Tutsis, Gishamvu, Kigembe, Burundi, genocide, Rwanda, military

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