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Clemantine Wamariya, Who Survived Genocide in Rwanda, on Her New Memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads

Published: Monday, 16 Apr 2018
Author: Blessing S Mavima
Department: African Studies Center

In her memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads,Clemantine Wamariya, with coauthor Elizabeth Weil, describes a childhood brutally disrupted by the Rwandan genocide in 1994. At age 6, she fled on foot with her sister Claire, nine years her senior, into Burundi. The pair moved through southern Africa, staying in refugee camps or scratching out a living, before being granted asylum in the United States in 2000.
Clemantine will be at MSU, May 1st at 12pm in Rm 303, International Center