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Jacques Pauw Discusses the Process of Interviewing Kennedy Gihana for Rat Roads

Rat RoadsSue Grant-Marshall has written about the emotional interviews that Jacques Pauw conducted with Kennedy Gihana, the subject of his book. Rat Roads tells the story of Gihana’s extraordinary life and journey from Rwanda to South Africa after the 1994 genocide.

In the article for Business Day, Grant-Marshall talks about how Pauw recorded the interviews and said that he made sure that whatever he taped would stay in the book:

The bare bones of this story scrape at my heart like sandpaper on a blister. A young man who has lost his family in the Rwandan genocide walks nearly 6,000km, much of it without shoes, from Kigali to Joburg, to get himself educated.

Kennedy Gihana, who started life as a cattle herder for his impoverished grandparents, succeeds, eventually. Today he has a master’s degree in international law.

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