Buchaillard gives us closure of sorts at the end of the book, an optimistic vision of Rwanda witnessed through the healing of a family, but in our current climate it makes for uneasy reading. The novel’s central message seems to be the one we always ignore: learn the lessons of the past; do not seek to erase events; do not be manipulated by false narratives. Break the silence.
A poem by Elinor Clark about the traumatic loss of a much-loved sister, re-creation and recovery
A poem by Elinor Clark about retelling and resilience