Originally published in German language in November 2019, the book which is titled “Ein Zerbrochenes Leben” recollects horrible memories of the dark times Kayitesi and her two brothers endured.
As she explained, Kayitesi and her two brothers are the only survivors out of the family of seven which lived in Cyuga, former Rutongo commune, currently in Gasabo district, Kigali city.
The mother of three has been living in Germany since 2010.
Kayitesi decided to write the book as a testimony of the cruelty that characterized the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and convey a message to the world to strive for humanity.
“During the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, I was hit and seriously wounded with a machete on my head. It erased my memory and I was dumb for a long time. Little by little, I got my memory back. When someone spoke to me, I heard what he said but I was unable to answer,” she said.
“I had lost the capacity of using my tongue. I made the decision to write my story showing what my family and I had suffered during this period of Genocide against the Tutsi. The fact that I was dump, had frightened me to the point that I thought I would leave this world without being able to speak again. Years later, I was able to regain my voice and speak again,” added Kayitesi.
The fact that her children repeatedly wanted to learn more about the tragedy that befell Rwanda during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is among reasons that inspired Kayitesi to write her story which also conveys a message to the strive for humanity.
The English version of her book “A broken Life” released on 3rd May 2021 is available for young people and others of different age brackets to learn from history not to fall into the pitfall of hatred.