As I prepare to go to bed this evening I am overwhelmingly aware of how much needs to happen in the next week or so. Leone and I leave for Rwanda in ten more sleeps. I have taken a break from my reading about Rwanda. I was beginning to have nightmares and thought a reprieve was needed. I’m sure nightmares will come again while we are there.
All of the books have been good though and I still have a long list that I will eventually get to. A few that I would suggest are:
Life Laid Bare (stories of survivors), Machete Season (stories of the killers), and the Antelope’s Strategy (about life after the genocide). All are by Jean Hatzfeld.
Another, perhaps lesser known, film that is of interest is Sometimes In April.
This was filmed in Rwanda so gives a good sense of the country. It is a good example of what life would be like after the genocide, what survivors have had to deal with and It also briefly shows the gacaca trials that finished 2-3 years ago. A very different justice system then we know here in Canada.
A few more things to purchase and of course making sure I have everything to also meet with the people of the Hope Fund. Students at STM have made a few videos and we will bring pictures from our last four pilgrimages. Looking forward to making this connection.