Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Most Americans may not know much about the Rwandan genocide that occurred over a few months in 1994. And Naomi Benaron's first novel, "Running the Rift," does little to shed light on the historical, economic and political factors that led Rwandan Hutus to kill 500,000 to 1 million Tutsis and those sympathetic to them.
In contrast, Uncle Emmanuel thinks the country's problems are far from over and urges Jean Patrick and his siblings to be wary.
Jean Patrick explains after the incident that he did not know the meaning of the word Tutsi until his first day of school, when the teacher asked for all the Tutsi students to stand.