Category: Book Review Published on Monday, 29 August 2011 19:35 Written by Andrew Scott Hits: 790
God Sleeps in Rwanda is the story of Joseph Sebarenzi and the journey he took within a country that was part of one the largest genocides in this century. Released in 2011 as a paperback, this is a journey we all should share in.
From the moment Joseph was born, all he and his family knew was violence in his native Rwanda. Almost paranoid, his family would never know when fighting would start or who it would be from. It could be from the government or the neighbours that had surrounded them all of their lives that their fate could be determined. Political or religious difference could be the beginning of the end for each family.
This is where the journey begins for Joseph. He was thought to be special by his parents as a child. Well enough that they moved him to go to the proper schools and get the best education that he could get without having to face the same nightmare each day.
Once hearing of the genocides happening within his country, Joseph, while freely safe in another country, decided the only thing he could do to stop it was to come back to Rwanda in an effort to change everything.
From this moment on, Joseph Sebarenzi takes you on a journey that walks you through growing up, his marriage, leaving his family, and when he believed that he would and could make a complete difference, the travel back to this violent country. The country, whose genocide, took the majority of his immediate family. Though it all, the only person he could trust was himself and his wife.
To this reader, with each and every obstacle that Joseph Sebarenzi faced through his life, it is astonishing how he carried himself. Through it all, even through the largest betrayals, he kept his belief system, faith and dignity.
This reader highly recommends this book and the insight it not only demonstrates about the author but introducing us to a part of the world and circumstances we will never experience first hand.
Four paper clips out of Five.