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Re-examining resistance in post-genocide Rwanda. / Palmer, Nicola.

In: Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2014, p. 231-245.

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Palmer, N 2014, 'Re-examining resistance in post-genocide Rwanda', Journal of Eastern African Studies, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 231-245. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2014.891716

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Palmer, N. (2014). Re-examining resistance in post-genocide Rwanda. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 8(2), 231-245. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2014.891716

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Palmer N. Re-examining resistance in post-genocide Rwanda. Journal of Eastern African Studies. 2014;8(2):231-245. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2014.891716

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Palmer, Nicola. / Re-examining resistance in post-genocide Rwanda. In: Journal of Eastern African Studies. 2014 ; Vol. 8, No. 2. pp. 231-245.

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