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Surviving the Slaughter
The Ordeal of a Rwandan Refugee in Zaire
Marie Béatrice Umutesi
Translated by Julia Emerson
Foreword by Catharine Newbury

Women in Africa and the Diaspora
Stanlie James and Aili Mari Tripp, Series Editors

"Testimony so powerful and moving that it reaches an unintended literary greatness."
—Jan Vansina, African Studies Review

In this firsthand account of inexplicable brutality, day-to-day suffering, and survival, Marie Béatrice Umutesi sheds light on "the other genocide" that targeted the Hutu refugees of Rwanda after the victory of the Rwandan Patriotic Front in 1994. Umutesi's documentation of these years provides the world a history that is still widely unknown. Available in English for the first time, this poignant autobiography is more than a testimony to the lives and humanity lost; it is a call for those responsible for the atrocious crimes-and the devastating silence-to be held accountable.

"Umutesi helps us better understand the fear that has fueled a history of violence between both Tutsi and Hutu . . . and the utter failure of the international organizations, governments, and media to tell the truth about this genocide."
—Aili Mari Tripp, series editor

"Umutesi's personal account of the bloody ethnic confrontations between Tutsi and Hutu in Rwanda and neighboring Zaire, culminating in the 1994 slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutus. . . . Compelling."
Publishers Weekly

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

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cover of Umutesi has a photo of the author, and a jagged color design

October 2004
LC: 2004012634 DT

284 pp.    6 x 9
4 maps

Book icon Paper $24.95 t
ISBN 978-0-299-20494-5
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"Passages of Umutesi's book rank with some of the most effective antiwar literature of the twentieth century."
—Nicolas van de Walle, Foreign Affairs

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