How Many Victims Were There in the Rwandan Genocide? A Statistical Debate

  title={How Many Victims Were There in the Rwandan Genocide? A Statistical Debate},
  author={Jens Meierhenrich},
  journal={Journal of Genocide Research},
  pages={72 - 82}
  • Jens Meierhenrich
  • Published 2 January 2020
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Genocide Research
One of the thorniest methodological challenges in the study of genocide is counting the dead. In his important account of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Mahmood Mamdani wondered whether its dead could be counted at all. As the millennium turned, and his book When Victims Become Killers appeared, he remarked that “[n]o one can say with certainty how many Tutsi were killed between March and July of 1994.” Whereas Mamdani sidestepped entirely the methodological thorns and chose to inquire into the… 
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