Mazina, Makariyo

Mazina, Makariyo


Makariyo Mazina


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Interviewee Gender


Geographical Location(s) during the genocide

Bujumbura, Gatanu, Rawanda, Murehe, Kibubire, Muvyanzo, Murore, Busoni, Burara, Gisenyi, Bucana, Rutabo, Murore Zone

Current Geographical Location

Kizuka, Kizuka zone, Kizuka village, Rumonge commune, Rumonge province

Interview Date


Interviewer Name

Dr. Jeanine Ntihirageza, Northeastern Illinois University - Center for Genocide and Human Rights Research in Africa and the Diaspora (GHRAD)

Transcriptionist: Pasteur Niyomwungere

Summary of Oral History

When Makariyo Mazina was just 14-years old, he explained that Hutu militia abused, tortured and killed his father. His father was a successful business man that was taken off of is bicycle, tied up, tortured and was murdered. Mazina says after the militia took his father away, they came after him. One solider took Mazina to a banana plantation, knocked him down tied his hands behind his back, and then dragged his body to a nearby car. Mazina was dumped into a car with others who were also moaning and screaming in pain. Then Mazina said he was thrown out of the moving car, rolled down the road, and landed in a thorn bush.

Mazina and his family were never able to ask why their father was killed, nor were they ever able to persecute the perpetrators. When his father passed away- they took all of his father’s belongings and he and his siblings were forced to flee to Rwanda.

Length of Oral History


Language(s) of Oral History

Kurundi, English

Language(s) of Transcripts

Kirundi, English

Translator for Transcripts

GHRAD Project Participant/ Research Team


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Mazina, Makariyo