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I'm Not Leaving by Carl Wilkens.pdf

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Descriptions : I m Not Leaving br Rwanda through the eyes of the only American to remain in the country throughout the genocide br br Wilkens writes br It must have been about the nd week of the genocide that I got the idea of talking on a cassette recorder to record what was happening around me I honestly did not know if I was going to survive this dark time and if I didn t survive I wanted to leave something for my wife and our three children br br I always scribbled our home address in Spokane Washington on each tape in the hope that if something did happen to me and our home here was looted some kind person might find these tapes and send them to their intended destination The vast majority of this book is based on those tapes about eight hours of recordings br br In a NY Times article about Carl Wilkens Nicholas Kristof wrote br br So what would you do if like Carl Wilkens you were caught in the middle of a genocide br br U S officials and church leaders ordered Mr Wilkens to join an emergency evacuation of foreigners from Rwanda and relatives and friends implored him to go He refused br br Ms Wilkens and the children left but Mr Wilkens insisted on staying in Kigali to try to protect Tutsi friends br br This continued for three months as eople were slaughtered During all this time President Bill Clinton and other Americans dithered and there was an utter moral failure around the world br br But Mr Wilkens plodded on each day saving lives on a retail scale Survivors describe him as extraordinarily courageous not only for staying in Rwanda but also for venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire and pushing his way through roadblocks of angry bloodstained soldiers armed with machetes and assault rifles br br Wilkens concludes about his book br While the stories written here happened during the genocide this is not another book about genocide It is about choices people made actions people took courage people showed and sacrifices people gave in the face of genocide br










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