YOUNG ADULT RWANDA READING
To Orwell Today,
Do you know if there has been a young adult's book written about Rwanda?
Actually, I can't think of a book about Rwanda that is written specifically to a young adult level.
A book they might enjoy is NO ONE LOVED GORILLAS MORE about Dian Fossey which has lots of pictures of Rwanda taken by the National Geographic photographer who was sent there to film Fossey and the gorillas back in the late 60s, early 70s.
NO ONE LOVED GORILLAS MORE: DIAN FOSSEY LETTERS FROM THE MIST
by Camilla de la Bedoyere, photos by Bob Campbell, forward by Dr Jane Goodall, 2005
Here for the first time, Dian's story is told through the letters she wrote
to her friends and family, set in context by a compelling narrative.
Bob Campbell, the National Geographic photograher who worked closely with Dian,
captured the unique and extraordinary images.
Another book they could handle would be SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL by Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian general who was in charge of the United Nations forces there during the genocide:
SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: THE FAILURE OF HUMANITY IN RWANDA
by Romeo Dallaire with Major Brent Beardsley, 2004
Serving in Rwanda in 1993 as a UN Force Commander, Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire
and his small UN peacekeeping force found themselves abandoned
by the world's major powers in a vortex of civil war and genocide...
Also, they could read the on-line books I put together after my two visits there, DESTINY DESTINATION RWANDA and A WANDER IN RWANDA:
DESTINY DESTINATION RWANDA
by Jackie Jura, 2006
This photo journal takes "Orwell Today" readers along for the visit to Rwanda in July 2006.
A WANDER IN RWANDA
by Jackie Jura, 2007
Readers are again taken along on a photo-journey of Rwanda - this time in June 2007.
And they would probably benefit from watching the movie SOMETIMES IN APRIL which is far more interesting, informative and educational than any other movie done on the Rwandan genocide.
After reading those books and watching the movie, they could advance to futher reading listed at READING ON RWANDA and RWANDA BEDSIDE READING
All the best,
To Orwell Today,
Thank you so much for the info you put on the site.
I work with Habitat for Humanity and we had completed a house for a family from Rwanda. At the blessing several Rwandans spoke of the depth of meaning this house had for the family. A local family, including some grade school-age children, were present and were asking questions about Rwanda and what happened there that brought this family to South Bend, Indiana. The request for books was to help them learn and expand their own understanding of this planet on which we all live.
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