Junior Library Guild Selection New York Public Library s Best Books for Teens Goodreads Choice Awards Nonfiction Finalist Chicago Public Library s Best of the Best Books for Teens NonfictionTexas Topaz Nonfiction List YALSA sQuick Picks List This gut wrenching, poetic memoir reminds us that no life story can be reduced to the word refugee New York Times Book Review A critical piece of literature, contributing to the larger refugee narrative in a way that is complex and nuanced School Library Journal This profoundly moving memoir is the remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism Sandra was justyears old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six year old sister in a refugee camp Remarkably, the rebel didn t pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members With no home and no money, they struggled to stay alive Eventually, through a United Nations refugee program, they moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect Sandra may have crossed an ocean, but there was now a much wider divide she had to overcome And it started with middle school in New York In this memoir, Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people Young human rights activist, Sandra Uwiringiyimana shares her powerful heartbreaking memoir, How Dare the Sun Rise, of the sudden collapse of family life for her parents, Sandra and her six siblings The family, Rwandans, considered a hated Banyamulenge minority, lived in the mountains of South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Because of the wars and rud wars, the family were stateless, and moved from place to place They had settled in Uvira Province, a city in South Kivu, where the close knit, loving family lived a peaceful life until, again, unrest started.In 2004, the family were placed in a refugee camp in Gatumba, Burundi There is where 10 year old Sandra witnessed the rebel massacre of families, including her six year old sister, Deborah, cousins, and the shooting of her mother, brother, and aunt.In 2006, Sandra s father heard of a resettlement program initiated to help displaced persons After numerous interviews, the entire family were approved and immigrated to Rochester, New York, in 2007.The memoir explores Sandra s mental and emotional struggle, her coming of age in a new society, defining herself counter to the cultural expectations of family and, navigating through the angst of her teens, and living in America Some might question Sandra s behavior in some instances, but I believe she suffered Post traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD , and guilt over Deborah s death.The family established a new life in America, but received no family therapy Sandra did receive brief therapy while attending college However, Sandra mentioned that culturally, the family does not speak of their loss or unhappiness instead, they have a strong belief in the power of prayer. Ich habe die Autorin selbst kurz auf einer Konferenz kennengelernt und musste mir sofort im Anschluss das Buch kaufen Sie ist sehr inspirierend und es ist Wahnsinn, wie man aus so einer tragischen Vergangenheit, zumindest versucht sich ein positives Leben aufzubauen This book is hands down the most incredible, heart wrenching yet so funny and genuine I couldn t stop reading so I finished in a couple of hours This is not a memoir of a war child but rather of a resilient young woman Sandra Uwiringiyimana She was able to put into words what millions around the world have felt and experienced I went from laughing out hard at the childhood stories to crying and then hardly breathing Be prepared to laugh a lot and cry even harder In the end, this book is about love in some ways It s a journey filled with trials and triumphs, war and peace teaching us all that no matter what happens light will always drown darkness the way love trumps hate.Here s an excerpt page 87 my favourite If only I had known that I would never see her again, I would have spent the years learning every curve on her face, studying those long eyelashes, memorizing the way her lips curled into a funny little twist when she was happy. How Dare the Sun Rise is a heartwrenching story of how Sandra Uwiringiyimana managed to survive the massacre that took the life of her sister and countless other friends and family only to tackle obstacles once she arrived in America.It would have been all too easy for Miss Uwiringiyimana to just give up on life but instead she perseverance has helped carry her to a greatness Her story is inspirational and should serve as an example to young people that yes, things may be difficult but through dedication, hard work and belief in yourself, anything is possible. This is a riveting story that spoke to me in unexpected ways This is not just about a girl surviving a terrible ordeal, it is about a young woman thriving without compromising This book is a must read for anyone trying to understand the refugee experience, from the horrors she faced as a young child to the challenges she survived in navigating life in a camp and eventually in America Uwiringiyimana articulates the racial divide in the U.S with the clear sighted vision of someone who has seen the best and the worst of humanity. I loved this book Sandra s writing is genuine and tells her story in a way that is easy to identify with When I interact with a refugee or anyone who has been through a severe trauma or massacre, it s easy for me to think that if they seem ok, they ARE ok How Dare The Sun Rise helped me understand how complex, deep, and even delayed the struggles can be for someone in Sandra s position Her story also clearly revealed the things people said and did that eased her transition, or made it miserable As someone who wants to welcome people in similar situations, I can see with clarity how I might do that practically. I found this book powerful, touching and honest.