(Re)Telling the story of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda: Une Saison de machettes (Machete Season) by Jean Hatzfeld

Palgrave Macmillan
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Storytelling: Critical and Creative Approaches, 2013, pp. 66 - 79
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This is a stock formula used in Rwanda at the beginning of a story to attract the listener’s attention. Rwandans have a strong oral tradition of storytelling, but the story of the genocide has not been an easy one to tell. Seventeen years after the horrific events of 1994, the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda (ICTR) continues to hear testimonies and try cases, and it has taken time for Rwandans to find a voice to tell their stories directly to the general public in written or filmed personal accounts, poems, plays and novels. The majority of these are expressed in either Kinyarwanda, the national language of Rwanda, or in French, with only a few being published so far in English
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