Left to Tell

by

Immaculée Ilibagiza

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Tutsi

Tutsis are a tribe of people living in Rwanda and other African nations such as Burundi, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), and Tanzania. Tutsis are thought to be physically distinguishable… read analysis of Tutsi

Hutu

Hutus are the majority population in Rwanda. They are thought to be identifiable by their shorter stature, darker skin, and broader noses (in comparison to Tutsis), but again, these physical markers are unreliable. During… read analysis of Hutu

Zaire

Zaire is the former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the nation was known by this name between 1971 and 1997. read analysis of Zaire

Muzungu 

Muzungu is a word that means both “rich person” and “white man.” Its double meaning speaks to the ongoing impact of European colonialism in Rwanda, which resulted in white people being associated with wealth and… read analysis of Muzungu 

Interahamwe

The Interahamwe began as a youth movement of the Hutu government in the time leading up to the genocide. The term means “those who attack together,” and the Interahamwe were one of the earliest groups… read analysis of Interahamwe
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Scapular

A scapular is a Christian garment consisting of two pieces of cloth. As Immaculée explains, it is thought that wearing it can help speed access to heaven after death. read analysis of Scapular