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Into the heart of a genocide that left a million people dead. 6 April 1994: In the skies above Rwanda the President's plane is shot down in flames. In the chapel of a hillside village, missionary priest Vjeko Curic prepares to save thousands. Near Kigali, Jean-Pierre holds his family close, fearing for their lives. The mass slaughter that follows - friends against friends, neighbours against neighbours - is one of the bloodiest chapters in history. Twenty years on, BBC Newsnight producer David Belton, one of the first journalists into Rwanda, tells of the horrors he experienced at first-hand. Following the threads of Jean-Pierre and Vjeko Curic's stories, he revisits a country still marked with blood, in search of those who survived and the legacy of those who did not. This is David Belton's personal quest for the limits of bravery and forgiveness. Published on the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
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A moving, personal account of the Rwanda and its genocide twenty years on, and an introduction to Vjeko Curic, a modern-day Schindler who saved thousands of lives.

About the Author

David Belton worked as a producer at BBC Newsnight in the 1990s where, amongst many foreign assignments, he covered the civil war in Bosnia and the genocide in Rwanda. In 2002, he co-wrote the story and produced the award-winning feature film Shooting Dogs based o real events that had taken place during the Rwandan genocide. He has since produced and directed many critically acclaimed and award-winning documentaries for British and American television. He lives in Oxford with his family.

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"David Belton has written something very special, a work of non-fiction that has a novel's power to move, enchant and challenge. This elegantly-written book is much more than a history, a work of lyrical beauty that will stand as a memorial not just for those who died in the genocide but to those of us who struggle to make a difference." -- Tim Butcher, author of BLOOD RIVER "Complex, compassionate and scathing... Much of the writing ... has a literary power that lifts it above normal journalistic or non-fiction practice: Jean-Pierre's confinement in his mud-walled hole has shades of Beckett, and both Odette and Curic seem like Brechtian heroes." Giles Foden "Belton excavates the truth and layers the political, social and military dimensions of the conflict onto three peoples' stories, to produce a book that is both illuminating and profoundly moving." -- Aminatta Forna Independent "Brings the story right up to date, confronting the dilemmas and tensions that lie not far below the surface ..." Observer "Extraordinary. Lays bare the unspeakable with calm and human clarity. Remarkable." Emma Thompson

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