Machete Season: The Killers In Rwanda Speak By Hatzfeld

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“A genocide that is when an ethnic group wants to bury another ethnic group. Genocide goes beyond War, because the intention lasts forever”( Hatzfeld 107). On April 6, 1994, a plane carrying the Hutu President, Juvenal Habyarimana, sparked one of the greatest atrocities that mankind knows today as the Rwandan Genocide. A modern genocide that contained unimaginable techniques and foreshadowed events that could have been prevented by The West. The majority ethnic group, Hutus, slaughtered thousands of minority, Tutsis, and any Hutu moderates due to vengeance of the events leading up to the Presidential plane crash. The account of 10 killers in the Machete Season; The Killers in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld, portrays the killer’s conscientious …show more content…
Machete Season shed light on the impact of killings does to human soul. The book point of view is a interviewer, Jean Hatzfeld, ask why the killer did it and for what reasons. She describes the killer knew what they become and that once killers, Jean-Baptiste remarked that “everyone killed in their own way” (Hatzfeld 38). Hatzfeld described the interviews “After years of silence . . . most of the members of the gangs began to admit - more or less, and with extreme caution their participation in the genocide” (Hatzfeld 33). While interviewing, they saw the impact of killing a human being, but didn 't seek forgiveness or guilt from the actions they did: “I do not see my life as harmed by all these regrettable events. Fortune and misfortunes have not changed me”(Hatzfeld 192). . The Victims, on the other hand, were horrified and in one scene one begged and promised not to be Tutsi anymore. The dehumanizing effect of the killer cause the identity of the victims to change. Paul’s actions in the film Hotel Rwanda showed what Hutus could do before fellow Tutsi if they had the resources to house them and bribe officials, such as the General in the beginning of the movie(Movie Unknown). The victims were left as the Hutus describe them. Cockroaches who didn’t want to be hunted anymore and would gladly see the end by not being valued as Tutsi

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