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Immaculée Ilibagiza: Remembering the Rwandan Genocide

After surviving the Rwandan Genocide by hiding in a 3x4 foot bathroom for 91 days, Immaculée Ilibagiza now uses her story to motivate others to find faith and peace in the worst of times.

In 1994, the most blatant example of genocide since World War II was committed over 100 days before the eyes of the world. Members of the Hutu tribe slaughtered between 800,000 to one million of their Tutsi neighbors, people with whom they had lived for decades, sharing culture, language, religion, and their poverty. How could this happen, and why?

This research guide was created in conjunction with the Walk to Remember, sponsored by the Center of African Studies, so that Duquesne students, faculty, and staff, can learn (or be reminded) of this savage tragedy, so that we can be watchful for for the signs of growing hatred, manipulation, and violence, so that we can all be ready to work to see that nothing like this ever happens again.

This guide will connect the user to basic information from online encyclopedias about the genocide and the Rwandan country and people, to links that search the Gumberg Library QuickSearch catalog for print books and DVDs, to a generous selection of EBooks, as well as to links that search selected databases for articles from magazines and journals. Selected videos from the Internet are also included.

Use the tabs at the top of the screen to move to the different sections of the guide.

Text above adapted from the "The Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s," in A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures: Continental Europe and Its Empires.

Photo from the Nyamata Memorial Site, by Fanny Schertzer. CC BY-SA 3.0. Source Wikimedia Commons

This page was taken from a research guide created by Ted Bergfelt, Gumberg's Humanities Librarian. 

Find Articles

Click a link below to see all articles on the Rwandan Genocide in that database. To see the articles off campus, you will need to enter your Multipass username and password when you click on a link.

Of course, the databases listed above are only a small selection of databases containing articles on the Rwandan Genocide and its aftermath. Click the link below to access all Gumberg databases.

Learn the Basics

Encyclopedia articles are great resources for quickly learning the basic facts about a topic. The links below take you to articles from various authoritative sources, written by experts. If you want to read the articles off-campus, you will need to enter your Multipass username and password when you click on a link.

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