Paperback The girl who smiled beads : a story of war and what comes after / Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
Interest category: Biography
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books, 2019
ISBN: 1786090503 9781786090508
Control number 1786090503
Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbours began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were 'thunder'. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries, searching for safety - perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive. When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted asylum in the United States, where she embarked on another journey - to excavate her past and, after years of being made to feel less than human, claim her individuality.
Rwanda, History, Civil War, 1994