White Ravens: Rwanda

2 books      

Rwanda (French) - 2005 - 100
Various (text/illus.)
Tambours pour la paix : recueil de poèmes tirés du concours »Poésie - Enfance 2003« organisé par l’Ambassade du Royaume de Belgique au Rwanda
(Drumming for peace: A collection of poems from the competition »Poetry – Childhood 2003« organised by the Belgian embassy in Rwanda)
Kigali : Ed. Bakame, 2003. 32 p.
Drumming – War – Peace
In former times, people used to call upon each other to prepare for war by beating their drums. In this case, children beat their drums to call for peace. »Drumming for peace« was the title of an event at the 2003 world day of poetry at which children were asked to write poems for peace. Supported by the Belgian embassy, the Rwandese publisher Bekame now presents peace-poems and -illustrations created by children from Belgium, Burundi, Congo, and particularly from Rwanda. Even though most of these children do not personally remember the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, the shocking consequences of this massacre make children cry out against violence, weapons, killings, aggression, and poverty with their texts and pictures. ✧ (7+)

Rwanda (Kinyarwanda) - 2006 - 242
Kilaka, John (text/illus.)
Gyr-Ukunda, Anyesi (transl.)
Ubucuti bw’imbeba n’inzovu
(The friendship between mouse and elephant)
Kigali : Ed. Bakame, 2004. [28] p.
(German edition: Gute Freunde [Good friends]. Zürich : Atlantis [Baobab], 2004)
Rat Friendship – Elephant – Trust – Disappointment – Deceit – Forgiveness
Ratsi, the mouse, is the only animal who knows how to light a fire. While he is busy collecting supplies, his best friend Elephant enjoys doing nothing. When the idle pachyderm offers his solidly built house as a storage room for the food, Ratsi gladly accepts. Yet then, as a severe draught causes food shortage, Elephant doesn’t hand over the stored supplies and so, utterly disappointed, the mouse leaves. Will he be plotting his revenge? Elephant feels guilty and decides to look for his friend. This book, full of luminous, colourful illustrations by the Tanzanian illustrator John Kilaka, tells a common (human) story about friendship, betrayal, and reconciliation. Still, by portraying the houses, clothes, animals, and games in detail, it also offers a glimpse of the daily life in Africa. (4+)
(Bologna Ragazzi Award New Horizons; 2005)