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Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda by Jean-Philippe Stassen
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Jul 18, 09

Read in July, 2009

Although the graphic novel is comparable to that of a comic book in appearance, this particular graphic novel is anything but comical. This book is about a horrific genocide that took place in Rwanda, Africa as recent as 1994! Over 800,000 African men, women, and children were brutally murdered while the rest of the world stood by and did nothing, and in this novel J.P. Stassen brings the story of this unimaginable event to his readers in an extremely unique and creative way. The visual images that Stassen provides helps the reader to follow along effortlessly with the protagonist,a young Rwandan/Hutu boy who is forever psychologically damaged by the civil war taking place. People are mutilated with machetes, and women and girls are brutally raped in unimaginable ways, however, the images in this graphic novel does not reflect those sorts of images. The images are very appropriate for young adults and not "graphic" in that way at all. They simply follow the life of a young Hutu boy and the events taking place around him as well as the personal struggles he is faced with. There is an introduction in the beginning of the book that gives a brief background of the incident which helps the reader to better understand the novel. For me, the novel gives a whole new meaning to the term "divide and conquer." It validates my belief that this has been a strategy often used by the few to rule and control the many, a theory that Dr. Martin Luther King once spoke of. Wow! all I could think about after reading this novel was the power of propaganda, the skillful use of the "divide and conquer" tactic, and the "see no evil, hear no evil" motto when there is nothing to be lost or gained. But mostly I am left saddened and sorry for the people of Rwanda, while at the same time angry and appauled with the U.S. (the so-called world's police) for just standing back and doing nothing to help save the lives of hundreds of thousands of human beings.
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Linda Stewart Powerfully stated:"all I could think about after reading this novel was the power of propaganda, the skillful use of the "divide and conquer" tactic, and the "see no evil, hear no evil" motto when there is nothing to be lost or gained." Indeed. The film, Hotel Rwanda, reinforces the themes of this story.


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