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Neither Tutsi, Nor Hutu: A Rwandan Memoir
Search for Healing Meaning & Identity after Witnessing Genocide & Civil War
by Prosper Ishimwe View author's profile page

Overview


PROSPER ISHIMWE was an eight-year-old child when genocide and civil war devastated his Rwandan homeland. Coming of age and struggling to heal and find closure after the death of his mother, whom he never got to bury, he was disquieted to learn that talking about the war crimes he survived could antagonize the ruling elite and cost him his life. He ultimately decided to flee his native land so he could tell his story, this story. "Neither Tutsi, Nor Hutu" reflects one person's traumatic war experiences and subsequent journey to healing, while ultimately projecting an enduring sense of hope for all humanity.
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Description


PROSPER ISHIMWE was an eight-year-old child when genocide and civil war devastated his Rwandan homeland. His story of survival and healing offers both a moving tribute to his fellow Rwandans and a stirring reflection on identity and self-awareness. Ishimwe's drive to share his story is rooted in the conviction that sharing authentic stories is the surest path to a realization of humanity's oneness. Ishimwe recounts his personal experiences during the 1990s genocide, civil war, and aftermath. He outlines the historical backdrop of Rwanda to offer a deeper understanding of the political upheaval and cultural attitudes. Most importantly, with references to great thinkers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Viktor Frankl, and Paolo Freire, the author inspires us with his belief that individuals, groups, and countries—no matter what "side" of the conflict they take—have the power and responsibility to achieve healing and unity through acknowledgment, reconciliation, and inclusion. "Neither Tutsi, Nor Hutu" projects a strong, enduring sense of hope.
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About the author


Prosper Ishimwe is a Rwandan citizen living in America. He was eight years old in 1994 when the genocide and war broke out in his homeland and took the lives of over 1,000,000 people.
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Book details

Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Subgenre:Historical

Language:English

Pages:264

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781098315290


Overview


PROSPER ISHIMWE was an eight-year-old child when genocide and civil war devastated his Rwandan homeland. Coming of age and struggling to heal and find closure after the death of his mother, whom he never got to bury, he was disquieted to learn that talking about the war crimes he survived could antagonize the ruling elite and cost him his life. He ultimately decided to flee his native land so he could tell his story, this story. "Neither Tutsi, Nor Hutu" reflects one person's traumatic war experiences and subsequent journey to healing, while ultimately projecting an enduring sense of hope for all humanity.

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Description


PROSPER ISHIMWE was an eight-year-old child when genocide and civil war devastated his Rwandan homeland. His story of survival and healing offers both a moving tribute to his fellow Rwandans and a stirring reflection on identity and self-awareness. Ishimwe's drive to share his story is rooted in the conviction that sharing authentic stories is the surest path to a realization of humanity's oneness. Ishimwe recounts his personal experiences during the 1990s genocide, civil war, and aftermath. He outlines the historical backdrop of Rwanda to offer a deeper understanding of the political upheaval and cultural attitudes. Most importantly, with references to great thinkers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Viktor Frankl, and Paolo Freire, the author inspires us with his belief that individuals, groups, and countries—no matter what "side" of the conflict they take—have the power and responsibility to achieve healing and unity through acknowledgment, reconciliation, and inclusion. "Neither Tutsi, Nor Hutu" projects a strong, enduring sense of hope.

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About the author


Prosper Ishimwe is a Rwandan citizen living in America. He was eight years old in 1994 when the genocide and war broke out in his homeland and took the lives of over 1,000,000 people.
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