Rwanda, land of a ‘thousand hills,’ conjures up a varied number of memories for many of us but the most vivid are images of the 1994 genocide. An atrocity, which left over half a million people dead, and forced the international community to make its promise of ‘Never Again.’
Weight of Whispers by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is about a 1994 Rwandan genocide survivor, and was published in Kenya, East Africa in 2003.
The story begins with a missile attack on a plane, that kills two presidents. The seemingly calculated attack unleashes a chain of tragic events in Rwanda, culminating into one of the world’s most harrowing tales of genocide and ethno-violence.
Uwe Akpan rose to international fame when his book “Say You’re One of Them) was picked by the Oprah Winfrey for her book club in September 2009. He has been interviewed by various international media, including the New York Times, the New Yorker magazine and CNN.