Monday, January 28, 2019

Day 28: we reflect

The gunmen entered his flat. They were going door to door, pulling the Tutsi out, and shooting them in the street. The killers saw his football pictures; he was a famous footballer, despite his youth. He was spared. He flees to a teammate's, who, with the help of the Red Cross, gets him out.

This survivor, 25 years later, of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, told his tale tonight at the British Library. Eric Murangwa says of being a refugee, a survivor: 'You cannot be unknown.'

We heard tonight not only from the Rwandan goalkeeper, but also from the Polish filmmaker of Birds Are Singing in Kingali - Joanna Kos-Krauze - and David Belton, who produced the film Shooting Dogs and authored When the Hills Ask for Your Blood.

It was a powerful night, reflecting on the numbers - one million killed in one hundred days - on the heels of Holocaust Memorial Day.

I also enjoyed the Cats Through Literature exhibit, but that's a talk for another day.

Big love to you and yours,

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