Suggested Resources for Learning About Rwanda
It may be helpful for you to learn more about Rwanda before your student arrives in the U.S. Here are some books and movies that we recommend families read to learn accurate information about Rwanda and its history.
Websites and Blogs
Bridge2Rwanda Website – bridge2rwanda.org
Tom Allen, B2R Country Director, personal blog – tomallen3.blogspot.com
Facebook group for host families – Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Host Family Network (request to be a member)
A Thousand Hills – Stephen Kinzer
The story of Paul Kagame, whose rebel army stopped the genocide and whose government has turned Rwanda into a new star of Africa. This is a great informational account of the history of Rwanda.
Rwanda, Inc. – Andrea Redmond and Patricia Crisafulli
Written by B2R board member, Andrea Redmond, this books focuses on how a devastated nation became the model for the developing world. It documents Rwanda’s ongoing transformation and progression through the lens of leadership.
The Bishop of Rwanda – Bishop John Rucyahana
Bishop John describes the Rwandan genocide, what led up to it and how forgiveness and reconciliation is healing the country. Included is his personal story of exile, refugee camps, and answering Jesus’ call.
Left to Tell – Immaculee Ilibagiza
A genocide survivor’s account of hiding silently in a cramped bathroom with seven other women for 91 days – During this terrifying time she discovers the power of prayer, sheds her fear of death and forges a lasting relationship with God. She also discovers the meaning of unconditional love, powerful enough to forgive her family’s killers.
While “Hotel Rwanda” is the most commonly known movie about Rwanda, we recommend the following movies for more accurate portrayals of history and progress in Rwanda:
“Sometimes in April” – Historical portrayal of Rwandan genocide through the story of two brothers
“As We Forgive” – Documentary following the process of Rwanda’s healing, reconciliation, and individual forgiveness after the genocide
“Rising from the Ashes” – Award-winning documentary about the Rwandan National Cycling team