How Dare the Sun Rise:
Memoirs of a War Child
By: Sandra Uwiringiyimana
4.5 out of 5
Sandra was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo into a small tribe that the Congolese hate because they are different. They speak a different language and look different. Sandra and her family have to flee their home and end up in a refugee camp. Even there, her family is not safe. One night the rebels come and began killing people in the camp, including Sandra’s six year old sister. The rest of her family survive the Gatumba massacre and eventually are able to apply for a United Nations refugee program and they end up in upstate New York.
Sandra’s story does not end there. Once she is in America she faces many challenges. For the first time in her life she is aware of her skin color. She’s also an outsider in a foreign country. Her family is living in poverty and in unsafe neighborhoods. She starts to understand the difficulties black people face in America. She’s told she can’t shop in a store, because she can’t afford it. She also learns how unjust the judicial system can be towards people who are not white.
Sandra’s story really helps you open your eyes to how someone who is not American by birth sees our country. So many things are unjust and unfair. Even when brought to the US through a UN program her family is not offered counseling for the traumatic events they’ve been through. They are not given any advice on American culture or customs. They are literally dropped into a foreign country, not knowing the language, and are left to fend for themselves.
This book helped me understand what it is like to come to the US as a refugee. It also made me understand that not everyone wants to leave their home country and come to America. Learning a new language, new customs, a new culture, and so many other things are not easy, but people do it because they want a better life. They want to be safe and not have to worry about being massacred in their home countries.
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