1994 Rwandan genocide testimony by Jackson Mudaheranwa

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Jackson Mudaheranwa, a boy from Bweramana Cellule, Nyakogo Sector, and Commune Masango in Gitarama Prefecture, describes how gangs from Gisoro in Rwoga Secteur attacked his neighborhood and set houses on fire. His maternal uncles wanted to kill his sister, but neighbors suggested she be married off to a Hutu man in the village to save her life. On May 21, 1994, a gang arrested his paternal uncle. They undressed him then called his daughter-in-law to look at his nakedness, which is an abomination in Rwandan culture. Eventually, the gang killed him. Jackson then to escaped to Kabagari. Tutsi were forced to pay ransom to save their lives and a few were even given a government soldier to escort them back home. Perpetrators slaughtered Tutsi livestock and feasted on them. While hiding in the home of his sister-in-law, FPR Inkotanyi disguised as Interahamwe came to the house. An elderly man who was hiding in the house came out and told the soldiers how he killed Tutsi in 1950's. The soldiers abhorred what the man and took him and a girl named Peragie aside to shoot and kill them. Jackson then tried to run away but the soldiers shot at them before tracking and arresting him. The soldiers revealed that they were RPF Inkotanyi members and had come to save the refugees. He completes his testimony by naming some of his relatives who were killed, how they were each killed, and how their bodies were disposed.

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Handwritten testimony by a male secondary school student from Bweramana Cell, Nyakogo Sector of Masango Commune in Gitarama Prefecture describing his experiences during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

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