RWANDA by Keith Greenberg


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Age Range: 6 - 10
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 In a work subtitled ``Fierce Clashes in Central Africa,'' Greenberg (Magic Johnson, 1992, etc.) offers a context for the tragic story of the children of Rwanda, who have been caught in the middle of a modern-day holocaust: the civil war between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes in their country. Readers see the story through the eyes of Isaac, a United Nations photographer who was sent to document the human cost of the fighting that forced hundreds of thousands of Rwandans to flee to refugee camps in Zaire and Tanzania and left three-eighths of the Rwandan population dead. In the first-person narration that is the focus of the book and in black-and-white and full-color photographs, Isaac poignantly chronicles the devastated lives of the ``unaccompanied children'' (orphans) such as young Innocent, who begs Isaac to adopt him because his parents were killed in the war. This entry in the Children in Crisis series is a heartrending account of the youngest victims of yet another senseless war. It will make readers angry, it will make them weep; and it should serve not only as a basis for discussion, but for some sort of humanitarian action. (further reading, index) (Picture book. 6-10)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 1-56711-185-8
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1996


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