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Rwanda-yesterday A fresh look at Rwanda's history by former refugee Patricia Bamurangirwa Patricia Bamurangirwa was born in Rwanda in 1949.
The outbreak of the civil war in the 1960s ended her education, and her family fled from Rwanda, first as refugees to the Congo and Uganda and later to Tanzania and Kenya. Deprived of an education and stable upbringing, Patricia has become interested in the reason behind the wars and violence Rwanda and its people suffered.
She decided to write this book to set the record straight regarding the common myths about the history of Rwanda and its people. 

Many who write about the history of my country have authority, education or money, but I had always hoped that I could express my own opinion about my country, despite having none of these attributes. I approached politicians, elders, the rich and the poor to gather information about Rwanda, observes Patricia. 
It is important to understand the country's successive periods of history, in order to understand Rwanda today, adds Patricia, who now lives in the West Midlands and hopes that her book will offer a fresh perspective on the country and its people.
This book is divided into three parts. Starting with the formation of Rwanda, it shows how the tribes, Banyarwanda Tutsi, Twa and Hutu lived in harmony under the rule of a king. It then examine Rwanda under colonialism, when the Belgiums devised an ethnic system that raised the Hutus above the Tutsis and laid the groundwork of the future tensions in the country. Finally, the last part examines Rwanda as it entered the period of the 1994 genocide when over 20% of the population was killed and the world stood by.

The book does not simply narrate events in Rwandas history, but seeks to provide some clarity on the cause rather than the effects of the current state of affairs. It is not a book simply about the genocide, but a look at how the countrys history has shaped the events of modern times.

PUBLICATION DATE 23 Oct 2013 ISBN: 9781783060412 Price: £9.99 PRESS RELEASE PRESS PACK for author interviews, review or competition copies, articles, photos or extracts please contact Jane Rowland Tel: 0116 279 2299 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. troubador publishing, 9 priory business park, wistow road, kibworth, leicester le8 0rx

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