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The Shadow of Imana: Travels in the Heart of Rwanda (African Writers Series)

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 Véronique Tadjo travelled to Rwanda to try to find out. She started with the premise that what happened in Rwanda concerns us all. It 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 traumatised returnees, bereaved survivors, rape victims, orphans, lawyers faced with the impossible task of doing justice, prisoners. But The Shadow of Imana goes beyond reportage. With passages savouring of poetry and traditional tales, Tadjo explores the spiritual legacy of the genocide and uncovers a healing vitality and a commitment to forgiveness.

Translated from the French by Veronique Wakerley.

Weight 0.280 kg

Véronique Tadjo




African Writers Series


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