Book of the Week leaves us at a loss for words

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In 2007, Myriam Abdelaziz traveled to Rwanda — and spent her trip photographing and interviewing survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. The genocide, which claimed the lives of 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsis and thousands of moderate Hutus over the course of 100 days, left innumerable people homeless, injured, and alone.

Myriam’s remarkable book Portrait of a Genocide chronicles the strength and courage of these survivors — as well as turning an unflinching eye on the physical and psychological injuries they sustained.

“They wanted to be heard and I promised to give them a voice,” Myriam writes. And, through a simply designed book that is packed with powerful photographs, she keeps her promise.

The layout of Portrait of a Genocide is straightforward — one photograph and one quote per spread. But the simplicity of the design only contributes to the complexity of emotion experienced by the viewer … if we couldn’t find a play on words to describe it, you know this book isn’t fooling around.

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  1. Rwandas genocide is one of many world problems I try to get my fellow calssmates to listen to and understand . It is kind of personal for me becuase I am Jewish. Even thought I do not practice Judisum it is still in my blood and there for a part of me. My Great-Grandmother and Great-Grandfather were prisoners at one of the many concentration camps in Germany. They were takin and murerdered, but not before putting my Grandmother on a ship to the Untied States. she was six years old at the time and that was the last time she wou;d ever see her parents alive. And while this story has been past down from generation to generation it has only caught my cousin and mine eye. For some reason no one else in our family seems to care. I don’t know why and it breaks my heart to see so little of people care not even my own family cares what happen to our ancesters. If the world doesn’t take action now history will and alreay has repeated it-self.

      January 5, 2009 – 2:40 pm   Permalink

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