Rwanda

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graphic novel
Stassen, Jean-Phillipe. Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda. New York: First Second, 2006.
In this Belgian graphic novel set in the 1990s, Deogratias is a young madman who often sees himself as a dog. Readers learn his story through extended flashbacks, which show how a feckless Hutu boy fell in love with a Tutsi girl just days before the devastating Rwandan genocide. Their fates are inevitably tragic, which leads Deogratias into the madness that now consumes him, sending him wandering the countryside, exacting revenge in search of a redemption that does not exist.... This dark, heartbreaking tale is simply and cleanly designed, beginning with a cogent synopsis of the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath. Its richly tinted comic strip-style panels are realistically drawn, and the story is easy to follow once readers realize that the aftermath story panels are outlined in black, whereas the flashback panels are not. Easy to follow, however, does not mean easy to read, although the story manages to convey its horror with a minimum of gore. ..... Recommend this book to students of recent African history or to readers compelled by Art Spiegelman's Maus books. As a condemnation of man's inhumanity to man, it will linger in the memory. (review from VOYA excerpted from the B&N website)

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Freedman, Paul. "Sand and Sorrow." USA. 2007.
Ten years after the genocide in Rwanda, another tragic story of inhumanity is unfolding in another African nation. As a bloody byproduct of the ongoing civil war in Sudan, hundreds of thousands of native Sudanese have died, while millions more have been forcibly displaced from their homes and land in the western region of Darfur by their own government. Executive produced and narrated by George Clooney, and directed by Peabody Award winner Paul Freedman, Sand and Sorrow journeys into the heart of the crisis in Darfur. (from hbo.com)
Resources, interviews and more:
http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/sandandsorrow/index.html















Bosnia

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Sudetic, Chuck. Blood and Vengeance: One Family's Story of the War in Bosnia. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1998.
(393 pp.)
http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/07/12/reviews/980712.12gjeltet.html
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Sacco, Joe. Safe Area Gorzade: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2000.
(227 pp.)
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/18/arts/18ARTS.html
















Armenia

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Shafak, Elif. The Bastard of Istanbul. New York: Penguin, 2008.
"In her second novel written in English (The Saint of Incipient Insanities was the first), Turkish novelist Shafak tackles Turkish national identity and the Armenian "question" in her signature style. In a novel that overflows with a kitchen sink's worth of zany characters, women are front and center: Asya Kazanci, an angst-ridden 19-year-old Istanbulite is the bastard of the title; her beautiful, rebellious mother, Zeliha (who intended to have an abortion), has raised Asya among three generations of complicated and colorful female relations (including religious clairvoyant Auntie Banu and bar-brawl widow, Auntie Cevriye). The Kazanci men either die young or take a permanent hike like Mustafa, Zeliha's beloved brother who immigrated to America years ago. Mustafa's Armenian-American stepdaughter, Armanoush, who grew up on her family's stories of the 1915 genocide, shows up in Istanbul looking for her roots and for vindication from her new Turkish family. The Kazanci women lament Armanoush's family's suffering, but have no sense of Turkish responsibility for it; Asya's boho cohorts insist there was no genocide at all. As the debate escalates, Mustafa arrives in Istanbul, and a long-hidden secret connecting the histories of the two families is revealed. Shafak was charged with "public denigration of Turkishness" when the novel was published in Turkey earlier this year (the charges were later dropped). She incorporates a political taboo into an entertaining and insightful ensemble novel, one that posits the universality of family, culture and coincidence. (Publisher's Weekly,Jan. 22)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (368pp.)
http://www.elifsafak.us/en/roportajlar.asp?islem=roportaj&id=7
















Genocide

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Human Rights Watch
Mission Statement: Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.
http://www.hrw.org/
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Non-Fiction Book
Power, Samantha. "A Problem From Hell:" American and the Age of Genocide. New York: Harper Perennial, 2003.
Power poses the question: Why do American leaders who vow "never again" repeatedly fail to stop genocide? Power makes her case through interviews, declassified documents, and her own experiences and reporting from the field.