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When The Hills Ask For Your Blood: A Personal Story of Genocide and Rwanda by [Belton, David]
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"Tremendous. A moving and haunting tribute to the human spirit" (WILLIAM BOYD)

"David Belton has written something very special, a work of non-fiction that has a novel’s power to move, enchant and challenge. This elegantly-written book is much more than a history, a work of lyrical beauty that will stand as a memorial not just for those who died in the genocide but to those of us who struggle to make a difference." (Tim Butcher, author of BLOOD RIVER)

"Complex, compassionate and scathing… Much of the writing … has a literary power that lifts it above normal journalistic or non-fiction practice: Jean-Pierre’s confinement in his mud-walled hole has shades of Beckett, and both Odette and Curic seem like Brechtian heroes." (Giles Foden)

"Belton excavates the truth and layers the political, social and military dimensions of the conflict onto three peoples’ stories, to produce a book that is both illuminating and profoundly moving." (Aminatta Forna Independent)

"Brings the story right up to date, confronting the dilemmas and tensions that lie not far below the surface ..." (Observer)

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A moving, personal account of the Rwandan genocide by the co-writer of SHOOTING DOGS, and an introduction to Vjeko Curic, a modern-day Schindler who saved an estimated 5,000 lives.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1636 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552775339
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FM12JYC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I met David Belton at kids cricket. He mentioned he had been to Rwanda. I wanted to ask him questions, but genocide isn't exactly light, village green conversation.

Thank goodness for this wonderfully written book. What David covers and expresses so eloquently is beyond any conversation we could possibly have had. The personal stories of others involved in the dark days of Rwanda's genocide works brilliantly with David's own experiences as a BBC reporter there in 1994. The horror of what happened, why it happened and the future, is explored in a way that is accessible, riveting, vivid, brutal and shocking. I think this book will be appreciated by those who know the story well, and also to those like myself who remember the Rwanda genocide as just a passing news item in the mid 1990's.

I couldn't recommend this book enough and also the film 'Shooting Dogs' which was written by David. The combination of the two gives an incredible insight into what happened in Rwanda, and also the potential of us human beings to be be both barbaric and incredibly selfless and brave.

Definitely puts cricket in perspective.
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David Belton has written a very powerful and gripping book. It reads like a novel. I was turning the pages wanting to find out what was going to happen to the characters. It is beautifully written too - the country and the people really came alive to me - and I found myself very moved by his descriptions of the characters who populate the story. The book takes the story up to the present day which I was really glad about. I didn't want to read a story just about the genocide - I wanted to know what's happened in Rwanda since and the second half of the book answers that in a fascinating way and intriguing way. I highly recommend this book for people who want a page-turning read about a story that is as important today as it was twenty years ago
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I did not expect such a powerful and personal account of the survivors of genocide to be such a riveting read. This account weaves individual stories with the author's own experiences of visits to Rwanda and addresses every facet of the terrible times the country experienced together with how the people subsequently emerged and dealt with their traumatic past. Very touching and humbling.
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When English people are asked to give gross instances of man's inhumanity to man, we immediately think of the six million Jews who died in Hitler's gas chambers in the Second World War. But how many of us remember the genocide of more recent times in the small African country of Rwanda, where in 1994 the Hutu majority rose up and slaughtered the Tutsi minority? David Belton covered the climax of the war for BBC television's Newsnight and saw the piles of bloodied bodies, the smashed skulls of little children swung by their legs against house walls, and the floating corpses jamming the waterways. Now, 20 years later, in When the Hills ask for your Blood, he revisits his time in Rwanda and graphically and movingly describes what happened.

In the chaos and terror of war where neighbour killed neighbour in this predominantly Christian country, the only chance a Tutsi stood was to flee or to hide until danger had passed. Belton tells the harrowing story of one young couple who separately followed these courses of action. This narrative told with great empathy is interwoven with another story, that of V Curic, an energetic and charismatic Bosnian priest, a Franciscan who found his freedom living and working among the poor in Rwanda. Ten years on when the war broke out, he had already seen some successes in his ambitious building programme. Now he wasn't going to abandon the people who needed him, and proved to be man of great courage in war, as Belton witnessed first hand.

This beautifully written and lyrical book stands to be a classic of our time, a requiem for all those who died in the genocide, and a lasting tribute to a man who really did make a difference.
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David Belton. Harrowing.
When The Hills Ask For Your Blood.
April the 6th 1994 is a date all Rwandans will remember, the presidents plane was shot out of the sky killing him,and kick starting one of the worst acts of genocide ever known. It lasted about 100 days and cost the lives of approximately one million people. This is one mans story being told as he went through Rwanda, not with a gun or machete but with notebook and pencil. He tells you everything that he saw happen, and some of it is heartbreaking. Highly recommended read.
5 stars. 28 January 2015.
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If anyone is interested in Rwanda and Africa then buy this book. This book is not written to shock but to follow the lives of a few in a country wide drama. It makes me want to go back and explores the social history and present state of the country.

Definitely worth buying and reading more than once.
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A harrowing story well told through the eyes of a compassionate observer. The observer clearly became more than just a professional recorder of this genocide, returning to find the brave and holy men who sacrificed so much for their fellow man. Within this account of Man's inhumanity to Man, is a transcendent story of Man's equal capacity for goodness and compassion. It's an important book which, along with other accounts of tragic episodes in 20th century history, should be compulsory reading for all students around the world. Perhaps then one could entertain a slight hope that the Rwandan tragedy might be a genocide to end all genocides. Peter F.
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