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Grad’s Book about Rwandan Genocide Encourages Forgiveness and Understanding
August 31, 2017
Chemistry grad Natacha Karambizi ’15 recently published her book, Mahoro: A Little Girl’s Search for Peace. This fictional story was inspired by the 1994 Genocide which took place in Rwanda. The story explores how the community dealt with the consequences of the genocide and set out to reconstruct a new Rwanda.
“As someone who grew up in post-genocidal Rwanda, I encountered various stories of survival and some of them were not the obvious ones where a family was hunted and killed by the Interahamwe (a Hutu militia group that carried out most of the killings),” Natacha said via email. “Survival and victimhood meant a lot of things especially for my generation. Some of us were orphans of the Genocide while others raised themselves because their parents were imprisoned for the crimes they committed. I wrote this book with the hope of starting a conversation about this and challenging the readers, especially my fellow Rwandans, to look at our history with more empathetic eyes.”