The Measure Of The Impact Of The Genocide

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The measure of the impact of the genocide is an often-touched upon subject in both books. Again, Fujii’s perspective tends to measure the impact of the genocide on individuals (though the national and international impact is mentioned), whereas Destexhe’s writing focuses on the macro-level impacts on both the country of Rwanda, as well as the international community. This is one aspect where I believe that Fujii’s method of analysis falls short when compared to Destexhe. While Fujii’s interviews certainly provide a refreshing perspective, and while many interviewees had different roles throughout the genocide, the way Fujii portrays the impact on each of them is very similar. This leads to some amounts of repetition throughout the book, as…show more content…
Fujii’s work analyzes the reasons why individuals who would never participate in genocide in other circumstances participated in these mobs, and some of her interviews shed an interesting light on the picture. I found her interview with a man under the pseudonym Olivier to be quite interesting in this regard. Olivier, at the time of the interview, was in prison for having participated in nearly every killing in his town (which remained unnamed) . In his interview, Olivier’s portrays the groups as being hard to resist, for fear of becoming a target yourself . However, when by himself one day, Olivier happened upon a young Tutsi boy, running from a mob. Instead of killing him, Olivier describes directing the boy in a different direction, away from his would-be killers. When asked by Fujii why he did this, he simply answers that it was because he was alone, and therefore did not risk punishment . This interview was particularly eye-opening for me, as it demonstrated how one person, who may not have wanted to participate in the genocide, ended up being forced to slaughter his neighbours and other villagers. Destexhe also touches upon the theory of mob-mentality, though not in any detail. Much of what he writes centres around the role that such groups played compared to the genocides of the past. His writing only talks about the role of such mobs when describing the rate in which the violence spread from the capital of Kigali out into the rest of the country. While I

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