1994 Rwandan genocide testimony by Odette Mujawayezu

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Odette Mujawayezu, a girl from Kiyonza Sector of Commune Mugina in Gitarama Prefecture, describes how refugees from Cyeru Sector came to her neighborhood after they were attacked by gangs armed with guns and grenades. Odette escaped to Mugina Catholic Parish, but it was attacked on April 25, 1994. Despite civilian attempts to fight back, often with stones, many of the refugees in the church were killed. Gangs also built barriers along roads to capture and kill Tutsi who were trying to flee. Odette escaped and hid first in a swamp and then in people's homes. Shortly after she began hiding, a new bourgumestre came to power and ordered that all Tutsi, including women and children, were to be killed. In order to survive, Odette lied and said that she was a Hutu from Bugesera running away from RPF Inkotanyi. She later escaped to Nyabikenke where she was saved by RPF Inkotanyi.

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Handwritten testimony by a female secondary school student from Kiyonza Sector of Commune Mugina in Gitarama Prefecture describing her experiences during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

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