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The Hope that Remains

Canadian Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide

Every immigrant that comes to Canada has a story. This book captures ten of those stories and the remarkable resiliency and fortitude of the human spirit. In 1994 one of the worst genocides in human history took place in Rwanda–over one million people were killed in 100 days.

Each chapter in The Hope that Remains focuses on a Rwandan survivor and their journey to escape the violence and chaos that overtook their country. Two of the featured stories follow individuals who fled before the killing began and the events that caused them to flee. Both were then faced with the challenge of being outsiders looking in as events deteriorated and their families were slaughtered. The other eight survivors share their detailed and gripping experiences of trying to stay alive while trapped in a nation of killers.

Twenty-five years after the Rwandan Genocide the scars are still very real and rebuilding and coping with the trauma remains an emotional struggle. Despite their horrific pasts the survivors share feelings of hope, forgiveness, and a belief in a better future. They demonstrate the strength and courage it takes to leave the known behind to seek a better life in a new country. Their journeys to Canada contain humorous moments, thoughtful insights, and an overwhelming love and pride for the nation they now call home.

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Christine Magill

Christine Magill is an educator specializing in genocide studies. She has travelled to Rwanda five times over the last nine years and met with survivors and government officials. In 2015 Christine Magill received the Canadian Living Me to We Educator Award in recognition of her volunteer work and her engagement and involvement in genocide education. She lives and teaches in Strathmore, Alberta.

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Will Ferguson explains how he met the author and why telling the stories of Rwandan genocide survivors in Canada is important. 2 $0.20

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Regine Uwibereyeho King explains the themes that emerge in the stories of the survivors, as a genocide survivor herself. 2 $0.20

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The author explains the commonalities within the stories of the survivors and how these themes can teach all of us how to live a better, more hopeful life. 2 $0.20

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This chapter orients the reader to key points of Rwandan history leading to the Rwandan genocide, an overview of the genocide itself, international responses to the genocide, and how the country … 9 $0.90

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Innocent recounts his story of the genocide which began when he was nine years old, during which he lost five siblings and his parents. Afterward, he stayed with his remaining family members, who … 13 $1.30

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Ruth was a young adult during the genocide, and lost many members of her family. Afterward she was traumatized, but eventually found her way to healing and forgiveness through her relationship … 13 $1.30

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Marie was thirteen during the genocide and was saved along with her sister by Hutu women they knew. She explains finding her remaining family, recovering from her injuries and eventually making a … 12 $1.20

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CoCo describes how when she was eleven, she managed to flee to the Congo during the genocide, and returned later to Rwanda with most of her family surviving. She later befriended an American … 13 $1.30

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Annick was twelve during the genocide. She was separated from her family, who were eventually killed except for a much older brother. She eventually was taken in by an abusive Hutu family before … 26 $2.60

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Beatrice describes her childhood in Rwanda before the genocide, during which she was a young adult. She had left Rwanda for Burundi before and during the main part of the genocide, which had … 14 $1.40

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Clement was a child when the genocide happened. His house was burned down, and he fled for many months with his sister. He eventually was reunited with most of his family. Eventually, he decided … 13 $1.30

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Rose was eighteen and attended a boarding school during the genocide. She was taken hostage, during which time things happened that she cannot speak about. She finished school in Rwanda but she … 16 $1.60

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People in Angelic’s life were attacked starting in 1991. She was a young adult, and early on in the genocide, her boyfriend was killed by one of his roommates. She was one of 43 people … 11 $1.10

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Bertin was an adult during the genocide, and so remembers it very clearly. In 1990, when the RFP arrived in Rwanda, Bertin was arrested and jailed because of his job in hydroelectricity, … 25 $2.50

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The author expresses her hope that we can all find commonality of hope for healing and acceptance in the stories of these survivors. 2 $0.20

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Acknowledgments 2 $0.20