How Dare the Sun Rise : Memoirs of a War Child
by Uwiringiyimana, Sandra; Pesta, Abigail (CON)

A memoir by the co-creator of the Foundation of Hope Ministries shares the remarkable story of her survival during the Gatumba massacre and how after moving to America she found healing through art and activism. Simultaneous eBook. 50,000 first printing.

As America's doors threaten to shut against refugees, this memoir could not be timelier. As a 10-year-old in 2004, Uwiringiyimana (pronounced oo-wee-ring-GEE-yi-mah-nah) and her family fled conflict in their native Congo for a U.N. refugee camp over the border in Burundi. The stay, overcrowded and miserable as the sanctuary was, proved short-lived: on the night of August 13, armed rebels attacked the camp, slaughtering 166 people. Uwiringiyimana's narrative starts with a terrifying moment-by-moment account of that horrific event. Her ability to summon the chaos and terror is extraordinary, but then, so is she. Plagued by PTSD and severe, recurrent depression in the years since-the U.N. succeeded in bringing the surviving members of her family to the U.S. in 2007-she has emerged as a powerful spokesperson for the plight of the dispossessed. Her account of the family's first few years in upstate New York, where she was made to feel again unwanted and alien at school, is almost as heartbreaking as the memory of that one world-shattering night. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

At the age of 10, author Uwiringiyimana went through horrors no one, let alone a child, should ever have to go through. She thought her life was over when she found herself with a gun, held by a member of a guerrilla group, pointed to her head. This, after she had just witnessed the gunning down of her mother and sister in the massacre of her tribe, the Banyamulenge. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sandra and her family had been living in a refugee camp in Burundi when the rebels struck one night. Sandra lived to tell her tale. After picking up the pieces they could find, Sandra and her family were resettled to America via a United Nations refugee program. They had more troubles ahead when the racial division and ethnic disconnect of the States hit them head-on. "I had grown up in a war zone," she writes on coming to understand how blackness defines her in her new home, "but life in America...was a different kind of war zone." In this touching memoir, Uwiringiyi mana, with the help of Pesta, tells her story of tragedy, terror, survival, and hope. As she carries readers on a journey of self-of discovering, losing, and finding it again-she becomes a powerful voice for many who are silenced: girls, women, and immigrants everywhere, refugees in particular. This hard-hitting autobiography will have readers reeling as it shows one young woman's challenging path to healing. (Memoir. 13-adult) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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