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Victims and Survivors from Cyangugu, Rwanda: The Politics of Testimony After Genocide

  • Rachel Ibreck
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Part of the St Antony's Series book series (STANTS)

Abstract

Victim testimony is foundational to the pursuit of justice and social repair after mass atrocities and should be recognised as an expression of courage and transformative political agency. After the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, survivors recounted horrors that could hardly be communicated, creating precious records of human suffering and loss. Since then, other victims of injustice and abuse have also given testimony to human rights organisations, despite fears of repression. Taken on their own terms, these harrowing individual testimonies are profound critiques of atrocities and political violence. Collectively, they form a powerful legacy and a counterpoint to narrow political framings of Rwanda’s history.

Keywords

Conflict Genocide Memory Politics of victimhood Rwanda Testimony 

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  • Rachel Ibreck
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  1. 1.GoldsmithsUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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