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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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Rescuers and Killer-Rescuers Duringthe Rwanda Genocide

Rescuers and Killer-Rescuers Duringthe Rwanda Genocide

RETHINKING STANDARD CATEGORIES OF ANALYSIS

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(p.145) 9 Rescuers and Killer-Rescuers Duringthe Rwanda Genocide
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Resisting Genocide
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Lee Ann Fujii

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.003.0010

This chapter focuses on ‘acts of rescue’ — deliberate actions that people took to keep another person from being killed — committed by various people during the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. Starting with the observation that it was extremely difficult to hide Tutsis during neighbourhood massacres, the chapter challenges the existing categories of ‘perpetrators’, ‘victims’, and ‘rescuers’ and instead calls for a greater emphasis on acts such as those performed by individuals in a given situation. It argues that analysts should take into account ‘acts of killing’ and ‘acts of rescue’, instead of thinking only of ‘perpetrators’ and ‘rescuers’. It also shows how perpetrators and bystanders engaged in acts of rescue during the Rwandan genocide.

Keywords:   acts of rescue, Tutsis, genocide, Rwanda, perpetrators, victims, rescuers, acts of killing, bystanders

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