the girl who smiled beadsTHE GIRL WHO SMILED BEADS
A Story of War and What Comes After
by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

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It was 1994 and Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre. They would spend the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety—enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. It was not until she was twelve that she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States. In this devastating, bracing original book, Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of “victim” and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks.

“Wamariya’s testimony and her search to establish her own identity in America—post trauma and post war—resonate themes that provide a troubling but necessary historical lens into the Rwandan genocide while causing the reader to think more deeply about refugees and connect to today’s world refugee crisis. An urgent, timely and relevant read for all high school students!” —Colleen Tambuscio, Special Education Department Liaison, New Milford High School

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