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Replying to: Rat Roads by Jacques Pauw

Taken from the review done by Victoria Schneider and Charles Cilliers of City Press.

The book tells a remarkable story of a man who lived through the 1994 machete killings – the most intense and bloodiest example of genocide in modern history – only to later head out on an incredible journey on foot to find a better life here in South Africa.

Today, he’s a lawyer.

Kennedy Gihana was a rebel Tutsi soldier, part of the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) that brought an end to the 100 days of madness 18 years ago.

By telling primarily this one man’s story, along with a small supporting cast, Pauw gives a face to an event that is in many ways too big and terrible to comprehend.

The mainstream version of the Rwandan genocide’s events tell a too-straightforward story of good versus evil: someone shot down the Hutu president’s jet, the Tutsis were blamed, Hutus killed Tutsis en masse and then, after more than three months, Tutsi rebel forces, led by Paul Kagame from across the border, stepped in and restored order.

Click here to read the full review.

About the book:

"My whole life I had to travel on these panya roads,’ Kennedy says. ‘It’s a Swahili word that means rat roads, and it is those little paths that you take in order not to be seen and to stay alive. That’s how I’ve survived."

In this extraordinary book, celebrated journalist Jacques Pauw gives a human face to some of the most tumultuous events in recent African history. Rat Roads chronicles the remarkable journey of Kennedy Gihana, a young Tutsi man who fought against the genocidaires in Rwanda, but was part of an army that committed horrifying atrocities in Africa’s bloodiest conflict.

Click here for more information on Rat Roads.

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