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Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
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Apr 13, 2010

really liked it
Read in March, 2010

Completely ignorant of the ruthless hate in the whispers he hears from his neighbors in Burundi, Deo is caught completely off guard as he witnesses the slaughter of his friends and family at the start of the Genocide. Who can you trust if you don't even know who's a Tutsi or a Hutu. The only safe course is to run and hide. Through the generosity and support of a few strangers Deo, a sheep herder and medical student at the only medical college in the country, escapes the genocidal madness only to find himself homeless and exploited on the streets of New York. Miraculously, even though he spoke no English at all when we arrived in America, within a year he is enrolled at Columbia University. This is a tale of perseverance, and the search for dignity and self respect. It's a real life story of one mans unwillingness to accept the circumstances that have gripped his life and turned it upside down. It's a story of the strength and power of the human spirit to overcome unbelievable adversity through the enabling compassion of strangers.
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