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Rwanda Genocide StoriesFiction After 1994$
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Nicki Hitchcott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381946

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381946.001.0001

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(p.109) Chapter Four Survivors
Rwanda Genocide Stories

Nicki Hitchcott

Liverpool University Press

In chapter four, Hitchcott further considers the difficulties faced when fictionalising the testimonies of genocide survivors, as well as the difficulties and prejudice that survivors face in present day Rwanda. Attention is brought to the perceived social hierarchy that exists in post-genocide Rwanda, and where survivors find themselves placed within it by fellow citizens. A culture of mistrust exists between those that returned to Rwanda after fleeing the genocide and those that remained but survived as it is assumed they committed atrocities themselves in order to live. Hitchcott analyses the isolation of survivors as depicted in Rwanda genocide fiction, particularly in Jean-Marie Vianney Rurangwa’s ‘Au sortir de l’enfer’, and ultimately how these authors attempt to re-establish the dignity of survivors by creating characters with stories to be heard and understood.

Keywords:   Rwanda, Genocide, Survivor, Victim, Social Anthropology

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