Prayers of Rwanda: The Story of a Family Who Lived Through the Civil War

AuthorKenji Goto
PublisherChoubunsha Publishing
ISBN978 - 4811384979
Estimated length119P
Size212 × 154 mm

The Republic of Rwanda is a small country in central Africa renowned for the beauty and richness of nature. Conflict arose between two ethnic groups, the Tutsi and the Hutu, and resulted in a genocide that is said to have killed 800,000 people in three months. Devastation engulfed Rwanda, both the land and its people.

Here Kenji Goto meets Alphonsine; her husband and eldest son, as well as her brother and most of her relatives, were all killed in the genocide. She works hard to ensure psychological care to people traumatized by experiences similar to her own. It is her earnest effort to overcome the past, the atrocious genocide, the three months of killing…


  1. “Kill the Foreigner!”
  2. Genocide
  3. Overcoming the Genocide
  4. The Mother and Her Three Sons Who Survived 
  5. At the Evening Memorial
  6. Returning Home
  7. Father is Alive
  8. A Time to Forgive

About the Author

Born in 1967 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Kenji Goto worked as a freelance journalist and photographer until his sudden death at the hands of ISIS in January 2015. His 2005 book on child soldiers in Africa, I Want Peace More than Diamonds (Daiyamondo Yori Heiwa ga Hoshii) – an installment in a series – won the Sankei Children’s Book Award. His three other titles in the series are Passing On Life: The Story of a Sixteen-Year-Old Mother with HIV; Prayers of Rwanda: The Story of a Family Who Lived Through the Civil War; and If I Could Go to School: The Story of a Young Girl in Afghanistan. Kenji also contributed to Japanese television broadcasters NHK and TV Asahi. He worked tirelessly as a journalist to raise awareness of civilian suffering in war zones and continues to inspire many through his previous tweets (@kenjigotoip), which have gone viral. He is survived by his wife and daughter.


PublicationDecember, 2008