Saturday, March 30, 2019
The Girl Who Smiled Beads A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya; Elizabeth Weil
Clemantine tells her story of her life in Rwanda during the war and afterwards and how the genocide affected her life. We see the war and life as a refugee through her eyes as a 6 to 12 year old girl. It is raw and sad and touching. We also see her life in the US as her resourceful older sister, Claire was able to apply for them to come to the US and their life here, their appearance on the Oprah show, and their being reunited with the rest of their family who survived the war. At the beginning of the war, Clemantine, who was 6 years old, and her older sister, Claire, who was fifteen, were sent to a relative's house for safety, however, they had to flee and spent the next six years as refugees. I highly recommend the book.