July 4 is a day of mixed emotions for me as a Rwandan American. Not only is it Independence Day in this country, but it also is Liberation Day in Rwanda — a time to remember being liberated from the abyss of mass murder and the conclusion of the official mourning period for the more than 1 million innocent men, women and children murdered during the 1994 genocide. While others around me revel in parades and barbecues, I will celebrate my independence and liberation. But I’ll also be thinking of my relatives — my beloved parents and six brothers and sisters and others who were mercilessly killed, and never had the opportunity to enjoy the true meaning of freedom.… Seguir leyendo »
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