WHEN VICTIMS BECOME KILLERS, colonialism, nativism, and the genocide in Rwanda, with a new preface by the author

: Mamdani (M.)

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364pp., map, paperback, New Edition, Princeton, (2001) 2020


"[Mamdani's] analysis of Rwandese society, in particular the role of the church in the genocide, is fascinating ... Mamdani believes that the tens of thousands of killers who wielded the machetes that murdered 800,000 people in three terrible months of 1994 saw themselves as victims who feared losing out in the struggle for power." Victoria Brittain, The Guardian

"Few are better qualified to explain the tensions of post-colonial Africa than Mahmood Mamdani, an Ugandan political scientist with a sharp perspective on the colonially inspired differences between 'subject races'. His Rwandan case-study provides powerful evidence that the Tutsis came to be crushed between colonist and native." Richard Synge, The Independent

Mahmood Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University and Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research in Kampala. He is the author of Citizen and Subject, Neither Settler nor Native and Good Muslim, Bad Muslim.