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August 20, 2007


smiling family, mother, father and two children
Nyagatare Valens with his family

Stories Of The War

Stories Of The War

It has been nearly 15 years since the Rwandan genocide, but it is still making news. Both Tony Blair and Bill Clinton have recently expressed regret for doing nothing to stop the killing. Over a three-month period in 1994, 800,000 people died.

Nyagatare Valens left Rwanda in 1990, just before the war started. He intended to study in the U.S. and return home. Instead, he spent 17 years building a life here, grateful for his opportunities but always wondering just what his family had endured.

This spring, Nyagatare realized a dream - his mother Anisie came to the U.S. for her first visit and Nyagatare finally got a chance to hear what happened. In particular, he wanted to know the details on how his father and brothers died, and how his mother survived the genocide.

Nyagatare and Anisie join Dick Gordon to talk about the difficult stories they have shared - and what it was like to see one another again after all these years.

Finding Haiku

Lenard Moore grew up hearing poetry in the stories of his grandfather, but it wasn't until he was grown up, serving in the Army and sick in bed with the flu, that he first discovered haiku - the form of poetry that would take over his creative life.


The Road to Exile by Afro Celt Sound System for the album Hotel Rwanda (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture); Mama Wambyaye (My mom who gave birth to me) by Kabengera Gabriel;

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