Broken Memory

Broken Memory

A Novel of Rwanda

Paperback - 2009
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Hiding behind a chair, five-year-old Emma can't see her mother being murdered, but she hears everything. When the assassins finally leave, the terrified girl stumbles away from the scene, motivated only by the memory of her mother's last words: "You must not die, Emma!" Eventually, Emma is taken in by an old Hutu woman who risks her own life to hide the child. A quiet bond grows between the two, but long after the war ends, Emma is still haunted by nightmares. When the country establishes gacaca courts to allow victims to face their tormentors, Emma is uneasy and afraid. But through her growing friendship with a young torture victim and the encouragement of an old man charged with helping child survivors, Emma finds the courage to begin the long journey to healing. Moments of grace and tenderness illuminate this spare, sensitive novel, which tells the story of the 1994 attacks in an age-appropriate manner.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9780888998927
9780888998934
Characteristics: 139 pages ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tanaka, Shelley

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Jul 01, 2014

A touching and heartbreaking novel that retells the events of a young girl named Emma of her life during and after the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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mrspaulwesley thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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