Strength in What Remains
Tracy Kidder's latest work is stunning - it is literally a blow to the head.
First, that Deogratias, the hero of the story, ever survived his horrific order, is remarkable. Second, that Deo came through that experience with such grace and dignity, his optimism and caring heart intact, speaks volumes on the classic dilemma of good vs. evil.
Deo's story was a real wake-up call for me. I was stunned to realize how little I knew about current-day African geography and politics. In a few pages Kidder did and excellent job of laying out the basics of the Rwanda/Burundu genocide. Six-hundred thousand people killed in a few weeks. The horror, agony, and despair are impossible to imagine, even after reading this very personal account.
Kudos to Kidder for telling the story in a way that engaged and opened my mind and heart, rather than sending me off into a place of denial.
Please read Deo's story and be prepared to meet a remarkable individual.