Baylor University Institute for Oral History

Serge Gasore

Baylor University Institute for Oral History
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0:42 - Family background

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Subjects: Rwanda 1986, grandmother, running, extended family, cattle/livestock, culture

8:58 - Childhood memories

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Subjects: punishment, responsibility, independence

10:25 - Hutu and Tutsi division

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Subjects: Hutu and Tutsi, physical appearance, cows, culture, economics, education, sports


Hyperlink: Hutu and Tutsu differences
17:45 - Church

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Subjects: Tradition, Catholic Church, status

20:15 - Beginning of Civil War

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Subjects: April 1994, death of President Habyarimana, RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front), fear, culture, terrorism, chaos


Hyperlink: Assassination of President Habyarimana
28:10 - Moving to Ntarama Catholic Church 30:19 - Rwandan National Radio

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Subjects: RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front), hate radio, news


Hyperlink: Rwandan radio stories
33:32 - Interaction with Hutu neighbors

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Subjects: Confusion, attack, neighborhood watch, Hutu training


Hyperlink: Hutus in training
41:44 - Fleeing to the church

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Subjects: Cattle, attack, safe haven, Christians

45:15 - Beginning attack on church

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Subjects: militia, traditional weapons

48:18 - Third day of attack on church

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Subjects: weapons, targeting educated people, grandmother, grenades, altar, praying


Hyperlink: Militia attacks the church
52:26 - Escape from the chaos

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Subjects: running, genocide, family, group, bamboo bush

60:38 - Moving to the elementary school 62:13 - Returning to Ntarama Catholic Church 63:31 - Moving back to school

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Subjects: attacks, stones, fighting, children

66:05 - Attack on the school

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Subjects: RPF, bow and arrow, governement soldier, secret service, buses, rain, female soldier encounter, Twa tribe, government


Hyperlink: Twa tribe
77:29 - Leaving the school

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Subjects: Bamboo bush, buses, attacks, hiding, suicide, clothes, ants, grenades, bullets, stones


Hyperlink: Rwanda during genocide
82:10 - Bamboo bush

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Subjects: aunts, tumor, cousins, Simba (brother), cows, malaria

84:31 - Relationship with older brother

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Subjects: hardworking, bamboo bush, killers, food, attack, wounds, desperation, food

88:52 - Routine during the genocide

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Segment Synopsis: running, banana leaves, fire, guns, RPF, government, bamboo bush, teacher, money, numbness

Keywords: "When am I dying next?"


Hyperlink: RPF fighters march into Kigali
94:23 - RPF making progress 95:09 - Uncle being killed

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Subjects: human mutilation, hiding, Jesus, death, hope, Agnes and her husband killed

99:14 - RPF Victory

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Subjects: machetes, traditional weapons

105:13 - Moving to Kigali

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Subjects: disease, malaria, cholera, pneumonia, malnutrition, RPF, rape, innocence


Hyperlink: Kigali
108:54 - Cleaning himself for the first time in 100 days 110:20 - Searching for family

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Subjects: responsibility, brother, hiding

111:35 - Recovering

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Subjects: family, hospital, shower, new clothing, tea with sugar, sleep, capital of Rwanda (Kigali)

115:44 - Main recollections

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Keywords: "Who are we?" "Why do you treat another person like that?"

Subjects: dead bodies, trauma, moving forward, education, evil, nature, masterminds of genocide, conscious, moral education


Hyperlink: Rwandan genocide
118:56 - Providence

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Keywords: "Don't say it, just do it"

Subjects: God, faith, quoting the Bible, lost faith in people, names, changing the world

122:45 - Caring for others

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Subjects: government abusing its own people

125:08 - Rwanda Children Foundation

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Subjects: Wife, Burundi, working part-time, students, insurance, at-risk children


Hyperlink: Rwanda Children
134:07 - Legacy