Title: The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
By: Wamariya, Clemantine
Call #: 967.57104 Wamar.C
Clemantine was a demanding, curious six year old living in Kigali when the Rwandan massacre started. She had no idea why the adults started whispering and people she knew began to disappear. Her parents sent Clemantine and her older sister to stay with their Grandmother, the first in a long line of peregrinations that in the next six years covered their trek from refugee camp to refugee camp and through seven countries. Feeling dismissed, invisible, hungry, scared, the two girls survived as best they could, occasionally benefiting from the rare decency of individuals but more often suffering from neglect and violence. Interspersed with the story of her horrifying voyage are the chapters about what happened to her when she was finally accepted as a refugee to the United States and began to live with a warm and loving Kenilworth family. This is a description of the inhuman toll visited on one child, suffering from PTSD but trying to fit in wherever she landed. Clemantine is now a human rights advocate, sharing her story with those who will listen.