This chapter is devoted to the massacre in N’Zérékoré, the capital of Guinea’s forest region, in 1991. Whereas a political scientist might begin his research with a study of Guinean institutions, the book instead chooses to study the narratives used by a Guinean ethnolinguistic group to justify the killings. Over the course of the chapter, McGovern argues that the massacre committed by the Forestiers convinced them that ethnic cleansing might serve as a viable solution to their problems and shows how narrative played a significant role in fulfilling societal ambitions.
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