Monday, January 11, 2010

Broken Memory: A Novel of Rwanda by Elisabeth Combres

From interviews with young survivors as well as aid workers in Rwanda, French journalist Elisabeth Combres has crafted a surprisingly gentle story about the aftermath of genocide. Emma was five in April, 1994, when the rest of her Tutsi family was murdered by Hutu men. An elderly Hutu widow takes Emma in and the pair continue on with life as best they can. Years pass before Emma finally gets help to deal with her nightmares and amnesia about her past. Grade 4-9.

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