Book Review

Each week we review a book that we considered of importance to the Great Lake Region of Africa and beyond

A Question to Immaculee Ilibagiza and Pauline Kayitare

Pauline Kayitare
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Pauline Kayitare

Do Pauline and Immaculee ever take the opportunity to acknowledge to their audience that, although their parents’ killers were hutus, also ordinary Hutus people have suffered during the same period you survived the genocide? Do their believe that there are thousands of Hutus boys and girls, who were going through almost the same experience as they and other many Tutsi did in 1994?

BOOK REVIEW: LE CHÂTEAU: The Lives of Prisoners in Rwanda

Le Château: the lives of prisoners in Rwanda tells the story of life in Rwanda’s prisons in the ten years which followed the 1994 genocide. In 2004, around 85,500 people were detained in Rwanda. Forty centimetres is the standard width of a prisoner’s individual space, where he sleeps, where he eats, where he sits, where he lives. He calls it his château, his castle.