[Pdf] (Une saison de machettes)
Ith the children Hatzfeld researches the community or Gacaca courts organized in Rwanda to free up the normous backlog in the traditional court system He tells the story of one particular case a cutter a man whose confession Hatzfeld documented in Machete Season a man who served seven years in prison and was then pardoned by President Kagame along with many other second tier offenders in 2003 and a man who committed a crime so atrocious and vil that in 2010 his community s Gacaca court immediately dispatched the offender to life in prison I noticed that one of my Goodreads friends who is a Holocaust librarian was reading this book so I decided to follow his lead Words cannot begin to convey the depth and complexity of motions which this book licits More than anything lse it is devastating and insightful giving the reader a glimpse into the minds of the Hutu killers during the Rwandan genocideAll I can do is provide you with one small chilling xample of what one Hutu farmer thought when asked about the word genocidePio Killing Tutsis I never ven thought about it when we lived in neighborly harmony Even pushing and shoving or trading harsh words didn t seem right to me But when veryone began getting out their machetes at the same time I did so too without delay I had only to do as my colleagues did and think of the advantages Especially since we knew they were going to leave the world of the living f Amazement That s my reaction to this book So this journalist visits a Ruwandan prison and gets six of the Hutu xecutioners during the 1994 genocide to speak freely about their crimes This time it is not a novel write Ours is appallingly an age of genocide but Buried even so what happened in Rwanda in the spring of 1994 stands out in several ways In a tiny landlocked African country smaller than the state of Maryland some 800000 people were hacked to death one by one by their neighbors The women men and children who were slaughtered were of the same race and shared the same language customs and confession Roman Catholic as those whoagerly slaughtered them pg 5 All this in twelve weeks Hatzfield has a collection of work on the Rwanda genocide After completing Into the uick of Life Stories from the Rwandan Marshes which is a look at vents from the perspective of survivors from the commune of Nyamata uestions posed by readers prompted Hatzfield to xplore the story from the killers point of view Gaining permission from the Rwandan government and prison officials Hatzfield successfully convinced ten member of a gang from Nyamata to share their stories The members ranged from those of various ages arly 20 s to 60 s at the time of the killing and standing in the community students teachers police officers and political leaders In my opinion Hazfield produces one of the most chilling ducational and jaw dropping accounts of work I ve read in uite some time One of the things I most appreciate about this work is the way in which Hatzfield finally connected the dots for me I have read a little on the period and I have seen multiple documentaries at the Houston Holocaust Museum on the subject It is always so difficult for me to wrap my mind around the cause of this vent If follow my to my mind around the cause of this vent If you follow my at all you know I m an avid World War II reader There is such a breadth of work analyzing verything from the cause of the hatred of the Jews to the political landscape leading to Hitler s rise to power to the world s non response to the psychology of Germans that allowed vents to take place With Rwanda I could never understand what happened beyond the plane crash of President Habyarimana But Hatzfield provides an xcellent timeline at the beginning of the book beginning in 1921 and takes the reader through important vents through 2003 It is always tempting to compare
"Any Event Like This One With The "event like this one with the but vents in Rwanda are vastly different Rather than falling into that temptation Hatzfield uses the Holocaust as a contrast which I find uite ffective What follows is a deeply disturbing understanding of what I ve missed This was not a well organized campaign carried out by soldiers and law A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, enforcement personnel with registrations and demarcations The killers did not have to pick out their victims they knew them personally Everyone knowsverything in a village pg 67 Of course they did This was neighbor killing neighbor teacher killing student soccer teammate killing teammate and family member killing family member The first day a messenger from the municipal judge went house to house summoning us to a meeting right away There the judge announced that the reason for the meeting was the killing of The Shadow Reader every Tutsi withoutxception It was simply said and it was simple to understand pg 18 With that order Hutu members of the village picked up machetes and spent twelve weeks attempting to irradicate Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies every single Tutsi from the villageThe other contrast when you read WWII accounts while you spend some time in dredges of human darkness there are amazing tales of bravery Unfortunately according to Hatzfield that is not the case in Rwanda And at thend of the war WWII we were dumbfounded to learn about the thousand and one touching anecdotes we could never have imagined In Nyamata however we find not one comradely impulse among teammates not one gesture of compassion for helpless babies No bond of friendship or love that survived from a church choir or an agricultural cooperative No civil disobedience in a village no rebellious adolescent in a gang of budding toughs And not a single scape network although it would have been asy to set one up in the forty kilometers of uninhabited forests between the marshes and the Burundi border pg 103 I think the reader needs to beware this is a difficult read It is only about 250 pages in length and written in very concise paragraphs but the sterile nature in which the killers discuss their actions and the obvious lack of remorse is simply disgusting I want to make clear that from the first gentleman I killed to the last I was not sorry about a single one pg 54 Those that do discuss forgiveness do so only in terms of how the prisoner can return to life. Alist Jean Hatzfeld traveled to Rwanda to interview ten participants in the killings The Power Of A Choice elicitingxtraordinary testimony from these men about the genocide they perpetrated As Susa. If killers come to church to pray to God on their knees to show us their remorse I cannot pray ither with them or against them Real regrets are said ye to ye not to statues of God The accommodation of killers is not my concern Gaspard a survivorThis book opens up a real big historical and philosophical can of worms Hatzfeld interviews a group of friends in prison who actively participated in the Rwandan genocide The most anti Tutsi of them killed the least The man who had never before considered that the Tutsi were not ual to the Hutu premeditated their genocide months in advance The killers barely seem to own up to their participation in the genocide and their The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right egocentrism will make most readers livid Rwanda is doing its best to move forward butverything clearly is not okayWhat am I supposed to do with this information What is forgiveness in the context of genocide Is forgiveness meant for the perpetrator or the survivor Can a survivor truly move on Do most of the perpetrators really only care about what s in store for themselves This book brings up uestions than it answers but the uestions need to be askedHatzfeld contradicts himself throughout the book the most notable contradiction being that he asks why Hutus didn t try to stop the genocide or try to save Tutsis and he implies that barely any did He later goes on to mention that Hutus did try to save Tutsis but were killed or forced to kill in most cases Also hasn t Hatzfeld heard of Paul Rusesabagina It sometimes seems like he was desperately trying to prove a particular point which I never did uite getThis book made me lose some faith in humanity and it might do the same for you It still needs to be read This book is largely comprised of interviews from the men who perpetrated the 1994 genocide in Rwanda I definitely Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling enjoyed the authenticity of hearing from men themselves The author also inserts some background information and occasional observations about the nature of genocideI Monsieur Pain enjoyed several things about this book1 It gave me a great understanding of the historical background for thevents in Rwanda2 It gave me a small sense of what it would have been like to be there during the vents The book recorded mundane details like the killers daily r This book is absolutely horrifying as it deals with first hand accounts of several killers from Rwanda during the genocide I think I was looking for some kind of insight into the mentality of these killers and how seemingly normal people could commit such acts of vil Ultimately the complete banality and lack of remorse these killers felt both during and after the atricious murders of babies neighbours pregnant women tc just left me feeling devasted Note This review is for the full four part seriesFrench reporter and longtime resident of the African continent Jean Hatzfeld documents the Rwandan Genocide in detail than any other historian or journalist But don t look to his series for a complete historical context or a full xamination of the motives of the killers or the previous crimes of the Tutsi people and the colonialists Other books like Philip Gourevitch s xcellent We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families "INFORMS AND EDUCATES THE READER THOROUGHLY " and ducates the reader thoroughly context motivation and history Hatzfeld instead offers direct contact with the killers and the survivors He tracks life in one small village as it progresses over 24 years from the 100 days of the cuttings of the genocide through the forced return and imprisonment of the Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. escaped Hutu killers to the killers pardon in 2003 to live side by side with the survivors and finally to the legacy of the genocide for the next generation of children the children of both the killers and the survivors Hatzfeld s series of four poignant and well written books focus on the lives of the people of the Bugesera a modest sized district in the southeast of Rwanda a place where Hutus slaughtered anstimated 100000 Tutsis Hatzfeld is detailed in his dispatches following the same small group of people gaining their trust by breaking through a haze of trauma and for the killers by passing through prison walls It s doubtful any other reporter or historian will ven gain similar access and intimacy with all the players What is missing for the most part is the role the government of long time President Paul Kagame plays in their livesLife Laid Bare The Survivors in Rwanda Speak introduced us to the Rwandan voices the survivors of the Bugesera men women children all who ran from the blades for 100 days until the Tutsi
army led by Paul Kagame refugee turned General turned President could reach the marshes and the hillside of the led by Paul Kagame refugee turned General turned President could reach the marshes and the hillside of the It is here that Hatzfeld first introduces the reader to the victims and survivors of vilHatzfeld s second installment Machete Season The Killers in Rwanda Speak is a short and dark tome offering up direct testimony and confessions of one small group of cutters who terrorized their small community for 100 days they a part of a larger group that murdered thousands using mostly machetes killing fficiently than the Nazi death camp apparatus killed Jews Reading Hatzfeld s commentary on his meetings in the crowded Rilima Prison I detect little joy in his work and note his reticence during interviews of genocidairesThe Antelope s Strategy Living in Rwanda After the Genocide book three titled because the victims of the genocide when they could run ran like the Antelope staying in their herd knowing that the Hutus would cut the slow the old the infirm and those who carried their babies first On the hilltops of the Bugesera in 1994 the comfort of the pack helped Innocent Rwililiza only so much Out of the thousands that sought safety above the village just a few dozens survived the rest cut so much Out of the thousands that sought safety above the village just a few dozens survived the rest cut by their Hutu neighbors and the Interahamwe If it was possible to report a dark and horrifying version of the genocide than that provided in books one and two Hatzfeld finds it as he documents Innocent s Rwililiza s story of survival In Blood Papa Rwanda s New Generation Jean Hatzfeld introduces readers to the children of the genocidaires and the survivors While much of the book is spent During the spring of 1994 in a tiny country called Rwanda some 800000 people were hacked to death one by one by their neighbors in a gruesome civil war Several years later journ.
Summary Une saison de machettesHe once knew one day with little regard to what his return will do the survivors Big thanks to Isabelle for bringing it to my attention In 1897 the Germans conuered Rwanda They brought their burgeoning racial discrimination theories to the country and started applying them to the local population What for centuries had been not an issue suddenly divided into thnic differences The Tutsis believed to have descended from the biblical Ham and thus Europeanised than the Hutu population became the natural favourites to rule Rwanda on behalf of the Germans The Germans sowed the seeds of racism in RwandaIn 1916 Germany beueathed its Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, erstwhile colony to the Belgians The second phase ofthnic division started The Belgians began to measure the heights and noses of people for their research by means of a tool called Vernier Caliper They also issued identity cards to the population carefully Il morto di Maigret enshrining theirthnicity in stone or paper as the case here Belgium too followed a pro Tutsi pol With some books you get xactly what you xpected which in this case was a bunch of ordinary guys from Rwanda talking about killing people with machetes a lot They were all interviewed at length in prison During the killings I no longer considered anything in the Tutsi xcept the person has to be done away with I want to make clear that from the first gentleman I killed to the last I was not sorry about a single oneFor anyone who needs reminding the vents described in this so Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition easy to read so very difficult to think about book can be summarised uickly Rwanda is a tiny African country current population around 10 million Here it is There were and are two mainthnic groups the Hutu and the minority Tutsi In the 1970s there was a revolution and the Hutus threw out the Tutsi monarchy In the 1990s Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom ethnic relations went over the cliff into unknown territory and culminated in the genocide of Tutsis over a three month period in Spring 1994 Approximately 800000 Tutsi people were killed by machete since all Rwanda men own machetes since they re all farmers so they were handy 800000 was 75% of thentire Tutsi population Jean Hatzfeld makes a telling point about the nature of this Sexual Secrets event here After the genocide many foreigners wondered how the huge number of Hutu killers recognised their Tutsi victims in the upheaval of the massacres since Rwandans of boththnic groups speak the same language with no discernible differences live in the same places and are not always physically recognisable by distinctive characteristics The answer is simple The killers did not have to pick out their victims they knew them personally Everyone knows verything in a village Yes this was village by village There were no concentration camps no need for any of that paraphenalia This was a low tech carbon neutral genocide As one of the guys put it In killings of this kind you kill the Tutsi woman you used to listen to the radio with or the kind lady who put medicine plants on your wound or your sister who was married to a Tutsi Or ven for some unlucky devils your own Tutsi wife and your children Of course genocide is pretty much sanctioned in the Bible as anyone who recalls the xploits of Saul may remember1 Samuel chapter 15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts I remember that which Amalek did
Israel how he wait for him in the way when he came up from EgyptNow go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have and spare them not but slay both man and woman infant and suckling ox and sheep camel and assAnd Saul gathered the people together And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and utterly destroyed all the people with the dge of the swordSo what was it like for the guys Well turnsTo Israel How He
Out That Genocide Canthat genocide can tough on the perpetrators Most people don t think about that For someone plodding up the slope of old age that killing period was backbreaking than stoop labour Because we had to climb the hills and chase through the slime after the runaways The legs specially took a beating But for the younger ones it was great We overflowed with life for this new job We were not afraid of wearing ourselves out running around in the swamps We abandoned the crops the hoes and the like We talked no among ourselves of farming Worries let go of us Killing 800000 people by hand is a lot of work you can believe that This wasn t Treblinka Hatzfeld says that actually this was people killed in a three month period than the Nazis managed ven at the height of the Holocaust I ll take his word for that I have no desire to check the figuresI think the dictionary definitions of certain words are ideologically motivated Take the word inhuman Lacking kindness pity or compassion cruel deficient in Purely Sexual emotional warmth coldWell no This is wrong These characteristics are absolutely uintessentially human It s inhumanity which makes us human I was glad that Hatzfeld pointed out thextreme strangeness of this Rwandan genocide He says of black Africa that when seeming thnic conflicts do break out they re actually regional South against North Sudan or religious Christian against Muslim Nigeria and usually for control of resources sierra leone liberia they re of resources Sierra Leone Liberia They re actually one thnic group against another Black Africa is a formidable medley of willingly assumed thnic identities of a diversity ualled only by the spirit of tolerance that keeps them in uilibrium That s actually the loveliest sentence in the book Well it doesn t have much competition It s not that kind of book So this is an ssential book which I am not recommending unless you were knocked out by the recent documentary The Act of Killing andor you re a fan of Christopher Browning s great book Ordinary Men andor you like to find out just how dreadful things can get here on EarthLast word goes to one of the guys I wrote short notes of apology to some families of victims I knew and had them delivered This gentleman I killed at the marketplace I can tell you the xact memory of it because he was the first For others it s murky I cannot keep track any in my memory I considered them unimportant at the time of those murders I didn t ven notice the tiny thing that would change me into a ki. N Sontag wrote in the preface Machete Season is a document that veryone should read because making the ffort to understand what happened in Rwanda is part of being a moral adu. .