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New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch tells us about Rwanda’s cycling team, made up of Hutus and Tutsis. His article “Climbers” appears in the July 11 & 18 issues of The New Yorker.
Mr. Gourevitch put the benefits of working together in terms of "the men on these teams." Is there any social institution doing something similar for women in Rwanda? What is the situation for women there?
Wonderful story. Mr. Gourevitch is absolutely right. The conflicts in Rwanda are so much more complex than western media tends to portray. I worked and lived there and could not distinguish between most Hutus and Tutsis because they had mixed so much. I learned that the civil war and genocide resulted from differences largely related to colonial ideologies and class conflicts more than "appearances."
In this country -- and probably in most of the Western World -- people who are the result of a white parent and black parent are generally considered black. Is the child of a mixed Hutu Tutsis parentage considered to be one or the other?
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