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I'm searching for info about one (minor) question concerning the genocide in Rwanda 1994: Is there evidence of Tutsis trying to pass themselves off as Hutus to avoid being killed?

(I know that this would have been hard if one was very large, but maybe a small Tutsi would have been able to pass himself off as a large Hutu?)

If there is such evidence, I would also like to ask whether those people actually succeeded.


EDIT: As to the assumption that size played a role, I want to quote:

"Those of you who live along the road, jump on the people with long noses, who are tall and slim, and want to dominate us." (Peterson: "Me Against My Brother: at war in Somalia, Sudan, and Rwanda. A journalist reports from thebattlefields of Africa", 2000, p. 327).

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    There is an implicit assumption that size was relevant. That is not supported by the material I have read. – Mark C. Wallace Oct 8 '15 at 8:36
  • @ Mark: thanks for the edit and comment. I added a quote and reference to the note of body hight. However, I would like to know which other features were used for distinction. Would this be a "good" Stackexchange-question? – PikkuKatja Oct 8 '15 at 8:53
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    Apparantly, at least in parts the assumed ethnicity played little role " For example, one community in the northwest lost 5% of its population despite the fact that only a single Tutsi lived there." rationalwiki.org/wiki/Rwandan_Genocide#Malthusian_element – mart Oct 8 '15 at 10:49
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    my main point was not whether or not it was invented, altered or simply formalized by the Belgians (that would be another topic, I believe), but that at the point of the genocide, there was an official record of who was Tutsi and who was Hutu. In light of my original question, this would mean: Maybe forging an ID card would make it possible to pass as Hutu. However, the comments to my post show that in some cases (perceived) ethnic identity did not play any role. In this respect, it would not have helped to pass as Hutu in any way. – PikkuKatja Oct 8 '15 at 11:17
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    I don't think this is a bad question, but I think a broader understanding on how the killers found their victims would be needed (and this is likely to vary in time and from place to place). – mart Oct 8 '15 at 14:13

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