Rwandan runner Jean Patrick Nkuba dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal and uniting his ethnically divided country, only to be driven from everyone he loves when the violence starts, after which he must find a way back to a better life.
Jean Patrick Nkuba is a gifted young runner from Rwanda who dreams of one day being an Olympic medalist. His chances are diminished, however, by the growing discord in his country between the Hutus and the Tutsis, rival ethnic groups. His Hutu coach cautions him to conceal his Tutsi background and carry a false identity card, but in 1994, when some 800,000 Tutsis were murdered by their Hutu neighbors, Jean Patrick is forced to run for his life. RUNNING THE RIFT is both a touching bildungsroman and a searing look at a genocide that the world largely ignored while it was happening.
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