Sunday, 17 July 2011
Genocide: My Stolen Rwanda by Reverien Rurangwa
I've read lots about the Rwandan genocide before, and would recommend both Romeo Dallaire's Shake Hands With the Devil (written by the UN commander for Rwanda) and Samantha Power's A Problem From Hell (which covers all genocides, not just the Rwandan one), but this is the first time I've read such a personal account and it was harrowing to say the least. It was as impossible for me as for Reverien to understand why or how anyone could attack others in that way, let alone in a coordinated effort. The biggest question I had throughout reading the book was - how can you ever live normally after that? and the answer was that it is almost impossible. Reverien became consumed by hate and grief and found it impossible to come to terms with the genocide.
This book shows a side of humanity that we would all like to pretend doesn't exist, but I think it's important to face it and remember. I would definitely recommend this book.
Verdict: Harrowing but worthwhile.
Score: 4.5 out of 5