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04 June 2014

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Jennie

Deogratias by JP Stassen is a YA/Adult comic about life after, with flashbacks to the genocide. It also highlights the role of the French and post-colonialism.

Leila

Oh, good call. Thanks!

Rebecca Moore

"The Weaver's Scar: For Our Rwanda" by Brian Crawford.

"This is a story from the Rwanda of 1994. Life was difficult enough in Rwanda for a boy in the early 1990s, and Faustin's father did not make it any easier with inexplicable rules and dark secrets. Teachers at school began to emphasize the division between the Tutsis and Hutus, a division that made its way to the soccer field. As the terrible events of the genocide unfold in 1994, Faustin discovers the secrets of the past and of his father's disability, the cruelty of his schoolteachers, the full horror of neighbor against neighbor, and how only his running and the courage of one friend can possibly save him." --Back cover.

Leila

I hadn't come across that one before: thank you!

Floating Lush

The story collection Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan has at least one story that is about a family whose lives are disrupted by the genocide. Definitely for adult readers though, or very mature teens. That whole book is a kick in the head and a punch in the gut. It was an Oprah Book Club pick, but it was *way* outside a lot of people's comfort zone and didn't do as well as her choices normally do.

Leila

Wow, even the title of the book has devastating implications. Woof.

Thanks for the tip!

Floating Lush

It was good, although an uncomfortable read for several reasons, and I am glad I read it. But I don't think I'll be revisiting it any time soon! It really drives those First World Privileges we aren't even aware of taking for granted home, in a kind of devastating way.

Leila

While I was putting this post together, I was trying to come up with a title, and since I (obviously) didn't want to go with something cutesy or pithy, I looked around for quotes. This one was too long to use, but it was a kick in the gut:

"I once spoke to someone who had survived the genocide in Rwanda, and she said to me that there was now nobody left on the face of the earth, either friend or relative, who knew who she was." --Christopher Hitchens

Full quote here.

Charlotte

The only thing I have read about the genocide is that part of The International Bank of Bob (microloans) in which he visits Rwanda...so not a good one for your list, but still educational!

Floating Lush

There's also Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron. It won the Bellwether in 2010. From NoveList: "Rwandan runner Jean Patrick Nkuba dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal and uniting his ethnically divided country, only to be driven from everyone he loves when the violence starts, after which he must find a way back to a better life."

Sarah Tomp

Ryan O'Neill's brilliant short story collection, The Weight of a Human Heart (for adults: http://bit.ly/SvkKA2) touches on this within several of the stories.

Mike

I'm Not Leaving by Carl Wilkins

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