The Shadow of Imana: Travels in the Heart of Rwanda

TitleThe Shadow of Imana: Travels in the Heart of Rwanda
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsTadjo, Véronique
Number of Pages118

As evidence emerged of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, the outside world reeled in shock. What could have motivated these individual and collective acts of evil? In 1998, the author traveled to Rwanda to try to find out. She started with the premise that what happened in Rwanda concerns us all: "We need to understand. Our humanity is in peril." This volume is a reminder that humankind the world over is capable of genocide. Records of what the author saw—sites of massacres, corpses, weapons dumps—are combined with personal stories of traumatized returnees, bereaved survivors, rape victims, orphans, lawyers faced with the impossible task of doing justice, prisoners. But the author's story goes beyond mere reportage of death and cruelty. Her account incorporates traditional tales, explores the spiritual legacy of the genocide, and uncovers a healing vitality as well as a commitment to forgiveness. 

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