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Machete Season

Machete Season
Personal testimonies by the killers from the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Daniel Kerr, "How Oral History Can Facilitate Movement Building"

Daniel Kerr,
"Daniel Kerr, a professor of history at American University, discusses research he conducted with the Cleveland Homeless Oral History Project where he has interviewed close to 200 homeless people and has facilitated dozens of workshops and meetings in the shelters and drop-in centers of Cleveland, Ohio. Focusing on his work with the project, Kerr examines how oral history research can move beyond professional and academic aims and actively facilitate social change."

Betrayed: The Assassination of Digna Ochoa

Betrayed: The Assassination of Digna Ochoa
"Despite a note beside her body addressed to other "sons-of-bitch" human rights lawyers, the Mexican government ruled Digna Ochoa's violent death "probable suicide" and slammed the case shut in July 2003. But journalist Linda Diebel, a three-time recipient of the Amnesty International Media Award, will not let Ochoa's story die. Here is her chilling account of a cold-blooded murder and a cover-up that reaches into the top echelons of the Mexican government. Tracing Ochoa's extraordinary rise from the streets to become a champion of Mexico's most persecuted peoples, Diebel uncovers a byzantine plot surrounding Ochoa's death. From the corridors of presidential power, to the Vatican, to the jungles inhabited by Zapatistan rebels, Betrayed is a riveting exposé, a depiction of friendship and betrayal, a love story, and a testament to the Mexican people's continuing fight for truth and dignity."

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria
"Reminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.

Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government’s ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard, while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency. This fierce and poignant collection changes that. Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a breathtaking mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the frontlines. Some of the testimonies are several pages long, eloquent narratives that could stand alone as short stories; others are only a few sentences, poetic and aphoristic. Together, they cohere into an unforgettable chronicle that is not only a testament to the power of storytelling but to the strength of those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction."

Beyond Testimony and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence

Beyond Testimony and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence
"Survivors of terrible events are often portrayed as unsung heroes or tragic victims but rarely as complex human beings whose lives extend beyond the stories they have told. The contributors to Beyond Testimony and Trauma consider other ways to engage with survivors and their accounts based on valuable insights gained from their work on long-term oral history projects. While the contexts vary widely, they demonstrate that - through deep listening, long-term relationship building, and collaborative research design - it is possible to move beyond the problematic aspects of "testimony" to shine a light on the more nuanced lives of survivors of mass violence."

Testimonies of Syrian Women Refugees

"Syrian refugee women living in Bulgarian camps for migrants talk about the suffering that the war in their country has brought. They speak of the pain of seeing their sons go off to fight and of leaving family members behind."

From Damascus to Detroit, a Young Syrian Refugee Shares Her Story | Mashable Docs

"Zeina Aboushaar was only 9 when the Syrian government bombed her school in the Damascus suburb of Darayya. Since then, things have only gotten worse and the civil war has cost the lives of almost a quarter of a million people. Zeina managed to escape with her family and today she lives in a suburb of Detroit with her mother and 3 brothers. (Her parents are divorced and her father lives in Egypt.) When memories overwhelm her, she sits down to write. She shared her story to explain what's happening in her country."

The Personal Stories of Syrian Refugees

A photo essay documenting the one item Syrian refugees took with them when fleeing their country. Hala Gorani reports.

Testimonies from Sjælsmark Deportation Center

Testimonies from two residents at Sjælsmark Deportation Center A Camp for rejected Asylum Seekers in Denmark