Escaped death, went deaf: Kayitesi writes book on 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

On 8 November 2019 at 12:46

Judence Kayitesi, 36-year-old Rwandan has written memoirs of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in German language.

Titled Ein Zerrocheness Leben, the book recollects horrible memories of the dark times endured and survival with her two brothers out of large family of seven in the former commune of Rutongo, currently in Gasabo district, Kigali city.

Kayitesi, the mother of 3 currently lives in Germany since 2010.

The written horrific moments of her painful survival will be presented on November 12th at WT Tiengen.

She decided to write the book as a testimony of the cruelty that characterized the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi leaving a message to the world to strive for humanity.

“During the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, I was beaten and wounded with a machete on my head. It erased my memory and I was deaf for a long time. Little by little, I found my memory. When someone spoke to me, I heard what he said but I was unable to answer him. I had lost the power of using my tongue,” She narrates.

“I made the decision to write my story showing what my family and I had suffered during this period of the genocide. The fact that I was deaf had frightened me to the point that I thought I should not leave this world without talking about the horror we experienced during the genocide, "she says.

In 2018, during the commemoration of the genocide perpetrated against Tutsis in Rwanda, Kayitesi started delivering testimonies publicly which motivated her to keep on track his project.

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 her to tell the world.

"I hope that the youth will read this book to learn from history not to fall into the trap of hatred," she says.
Kayitesi plans to translate the book into French, English, and Kinyarwanda to spread the message to a wider readership.

"I made the decision not to let these atrocities haunt my life nor the pain to lead my life," she told IGIHE inviting the public to buy this book that will be released in 2020.

"I made the decision not to let these atrocities haunt my life nor the pain to lead my life" said Kayitesi