The Antelope's Strategy: Living in Rwanda After the Genocide

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The Antelope's Strategy: Living in Rwanda After the Genocide
Author: Hatzfeld, Jean
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Time Period: Modern Age
Time Frame: 2003
Geographic Area: Africa
Country: Rwanda
Topics: Rwandan Genocide
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Adult
Format: Book
Published: 2010

World History > Modern Age > 1990s

One hot May morning in 2003, a crowd of Hutus who had participated in the genocidal killings of April 1994 in Rwanda filed out of prison and into the sunshine, singing hallelujahs, their freedom granted by presidential pardon. As they returned to their old villages, Tutsi survivors watched as the people who had killed their neighbors and families returned to the homes around them. In The Antelope's Strategy, Jean Hatzfeld returns to Rwanda to talk with both Hutus and Tutsis struggling to live side by side. We hear the voices of killers who have been released from prison or returned from exile, and Tutsi escapees who must now tolerate them as neighbors. How are they managing with the process of reconciliation? Is such a thing even possible? The enormously varied answers Hatzfeld gets suggest that little faith in true recovery survives among those who lived through the genocide. This is an astonishing exploration of the pain of memory, the nature of stoic hope, and the ineradicability of grief.

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