Deo's Evolution Of Memory In Rwanda

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In 1994, pandemonium over took Rwanda and Burundi. In April to July, Rwanda was home to a genocide that claimed the life of some 500,000 to a million people. Starting around the same time, Burundi exploded into a civil war. Unlike in Rwanda, Burundi’s civil lasted for many years, the official end was in 2005. Although the events were different, both events were derived from ethnic issues, specifically between the Hutu and the Tutsi. In both countries, the Tutsi minority, only about fifteen percent of the population, were the targets of the Hutu majority, about eighty-five percent of the population. Caught in the middle of the chaos was one Tutsi man whose incredible journey was captured by Tracey Kidder in Strength in What Remains. Throughout…show more content…
While in Burundi, there are many examples that show that Deo has developed a Western perspective of memory. In the introduction Kidder presents the difference between the Burundi and Western perspectives. Deo reminds Kidder that while in Burundi they do not speak of those who have died and tragedies. This reminder outlines the Burundi perspective on memories. This displays that Deo is aware of the two perspectives in his life. Furthermore, the reminder to Kidder shows that Deo’s perspective on memory has become very Western. A final example portraying Deo’s more Western perspective is his willingness to share his story with Kidder. They travel through Burundi and Deo points out places that he went while on the run, prior to coming to New York. In visiting these places, Deo relives his memories, but instead of keeping them in, he shares the burden of them with Kidder. For example, when they visited the hospital in Mutaho, which was were Deo was when first began his escape. On this trip, Deo pointed out many areas to Kidder that had significant meaning during his escape. Deo would say to Kidder, “This is a nightmare area. Many militiamen came from here.” He, also, shared through nonverbal cues. When they were in the hospital, Deo shared a specific look with Kidder, then looked at the door they were in front of. Kidder understood that Deo was showing him the room in which he had hid under the bed, praying he would survive. This shows Deo’s Western perspective on memory because he willingly shared the pasted atrocities he lived through, verbally and nonverbally, with Kidder. This portrays the final stage of Deo’s evolution of memory. His perspective on memory had becoming very

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