How Dare the Sun Rise

How Dare the Sun Rise

Memoirs of A War Child

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This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism.

Sandra was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister in a refugee camp. Remarkably, the rebel didn't pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped.

Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members. With no home and no money, they struggled to stay alive. Eventually, through a United Nations refugee program, they moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. Sandra may have crossed an ocean, but there was now a much wider divide she had to overcome. And it started with middle school in New York.

In this memoir, Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people.

Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062470140
0062470140
Branch Call Number: 305.9069 Uwiri
Characteristics: 288 pages : colour illustrations
Additional Contributors: Pesta, Abigail

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PimaLib_TeneciaP Sep 05, 2017

The horrors that Sandra, her family, and the members of her tribe faced were almost too much for me to bear. This memoir is deeply moving, heart-wrenching, and at times sorrowful. Sandra's story and resilience are powerful and compelling. They pushed me to really examine what I know about the refugee experience and the conflicts in Africa.

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Jul 31, 2017

An incredibly moving memoir! The author, Sandra Uwiringiyimana writes about her survival of the Gatumba massacre, her eventual immigration to America, and her path to activism. I don't usually read memoirs, but I finished this in one day. The author writes about the good and the bad, which I loved because it broke down the stereotypes often associated with "Africa", stereotypes built by Westerners. This is great for readers who love memoirs and even readers who don't usually pick up non-fiction - the writing draws you in. Just like I AM MALALA, How Dare the Sun Rise is powerful and inspiring, a must read.

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