ISBN-10:
0299204901
ISBN-13:
9780299204907
Pub. Date:
11/15/2004
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Surviving the Slaughter: The Ordeal of a Rwandan Refugee in Zaire (Women in Africa and the Diaspora Series)

Surviving the Slaughter: The Ordeal of a Rwandan Refugee in Zaire (Women in Africa and the Diaspora Series)

by Marie Beatrice Umutesi, Catharine Newbury

Hardcover

Current price is , Original price is $65.0. You

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Please check back later for updated availability.

This item is available online through Marketplace sellers.

Overview

    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.
    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.
    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.  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.

“Umutesi’s tale, told with honesty and eloquence, is a tribute to the human spirit, a searing indictment of the agents who perpetrated these horrors, and a reproach to those who turned away.”—Catharine Newbury, African Studies Review

“Restores a human dimension that has been lacking in the history of the genocide and massacres in Rwanda.”—Danielle de Lame, African Studies Review

“A vivid account of the grueling nightmare experienced by tens of thousands of Rwandan civilians whom the world had deliberately forsaken. . . . An outstanding call for justice.”—Aloys Habimama, African Studies Review

 “A towering work. . . . An epic for our times, a tale to ponder for the lessons it conveys, testimony so powerful and moving that it reaches an unintended literary greatness.”—Jan Vansina, African Studies Review

“Of all the current books and films ten years after the Rwandan genocide, none is more effective than Surviving the Slaughter . . . . This book carries one along, often as if running with the refugees.”—Anne Serafin, Multicultural Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299204907
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 11/15/2004
Series: Women in Africa and the Diaspora Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marie Béatrice Umutesi was born in Byumba, Rwanda.  Umutesi  worked with women’s associations in Byumba until she fled to Zaire in 1994. She is currently working on rural development projects in Cameroon.

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Author's Acknowledgmentsxvii
Translator's Acknowledgmentsxix
Mapsxx
Prologue3
1I Discover My Ethnic Identity6
2Increasing Violence17
3Descent into Hell45
4Survival in the Camps at Kivu71
5A Difficult Choice89
6Pursued Westward103
7Hunted by the Rebels and the RPF122
8The Death Camp at Tingi-Tingi138
9Hunger on the Road164
10My Life for Ten Dollars196
11The End of the Ordeal233
Acronyms249
Personal Chronology251
Chronology of Political Events in Rwanda255

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews