The Invisible Pain of The People of Rwanda

Assignment Prompt (

1. Select one of Gourevitch’s “stories” from We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families as your primary text. This story can be a testimony, an anecdote, a theory, a scene or a larger political or historical narrative about Rwanda, the West, and the genocide.

2. Analyze the story (your primary text) through using a passage from Arendt OR Sontag (which will be your secondary text). How does your passage explain the story and deepen your understanding of the story? Does the passage allow you to develop a focused response to the story and build your own argument in support of the story, its method of presentation, and what it signifies, or does it challenge Gourevitch’s story and set you to discuss it in a new and focused perspective?

Notes About the Project/Revision Process

  1. In my original paper, I discussed the presence of symptoms of PTSD in Patrick, a young boy who survived the genocide. My explanation of these symptoms was grounded in the little knowledge I had of the disorder. After taking Abnormal Psychology this semester, I had a much deeper understanding of PTSD and could compare Patrick’s symptoms to the DSM-5 criteria of the disorder in my revised version of my paper, strengthening my claims about the impact of the trauma on survivors.

2. I chose to leave my concluding statements as they were in my original paper. I expressed a lot of raw emotion in the conclusion of this paper and want to preserve my thoughts from that moment in time (in the wake of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, as well as the discovery of anti-Semitic messages and neo-nazis on Davidson’s campus.) I added a footnote to include some of my present-day thoughts.

3. I revised my footnotes to be consistent with the current Chicago Manual of Style. I became much more familiar with Chicago style after working on my final research paper (thank you to Dr. Ewington for her help during the research paper process)