After Mass Crime: Rebuilding States and Communities by Béatrice Pouligny, Visit Amazon's Simon Chesterman Page,

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This booklet deals a trans-disciplinary research of the influence of mass crime at the rebuilding of social and political kinfolk. Drawing on ancient and more moderen casesincluding examples from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi, Cambodia, Indonesia, Peru, and Rwandathe authors learn the impression of mass crimes on members, society at huge, and the agencies interested by delivering assistance within the post-conflict part.

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In Haiti after the September 1991 coup d’etat, when no trace of those who were killed could be found – neither their bodies nor a list of names were produced (while those concerned generally had no civil status at all) – those who would deny suffrage to the poor carried out their intentions in the most hideous manner. They distributed leaflets claiming that the poor – who were explicitly targeted by the campaign of terror and violence – were worth nothing, not more than cockroaches among the refuse of the miserable quarters where they lived.

9 In many instances, this aspect has to take into account the memories of massacres INTRODUCTION 13 committed in history. The roles of state and political actors are key in these processes. Chapter 7, by Rene´ Lemarchand and Maurice Niwese returns to the case of Rwanda, viewing it though a different lens. Where Straus approached it through micro-level research, Lemarchand and Niwese situate it in the larger historical context of a cycle of interethnic violence that has periodically engulfed Rwanda and its neighbour Burundi.

6 Listening to others putting their stories into words is to restore those who have suffered trauma to what makes them human and unique. The interviewing exercise in itself is rather complicated. In this process, both patience and prudence are essential to the analysis. The role and status as an ‘‘outsider’’ immediately places the researcher in a position of power. When interacting with the researcher, local people have very different capacities and resources that enable them to give voice to their perspective.

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