Monday, 15 January 2018

Thoughts about One Thousand Hills

“This book is dedicated to every child running in fear because of conflicts that have nothing to do with them.” - James Roy

The book One Thousand Hills is an amazing book! I think that it is a really good candidate for the global issues novel study and I think you should definitely read it.

It is about a very sensitive topic, genocide in Rwanda. It is a good candidate for the global issues novel study because historically accurate. Reading this book can inform you about what is happening in different parts of the world.  This book connects to what is happening in our world today because, in the book, the Tutsi people were being discriminated against because of their different beliefs. They were called cockroaches and then 8,000 people were killed all at once in a church. In our world today people are being discriminated against because of their race, gender, and age.

One Thousand Hills is a very good book and I would highly recommend reading it if you haven’t.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

One Thousand Hills in a different perspective

It is April 1994 in Rwanda. I am ringing the church bell to call people. This is my job. I have to do this every Sunday. My whole family are christians except for my older brother, Taribe. He moved to Belgium and is studying their. Every day was the same. I wake up before my younger brother does, Then wake him up with one of my pranks. Then we would go down for breakfast. Everyday except for Sunday we would eat the same thing, sorghum porridge, watered down milk, and sometimes bread. Sunday was a special day, we would have full Strength creamy milk.

I have to do chores every day. I hate doing them so I try to get Pascal to do them for me. Today I am suppose to be helping Papa and Pascal in the garden, but I didn’t want to, so I went to play soccer instead.

I enjoy hanging out with my friend, Kami. He is around my age and we both like to pull pranks on your younger brothers. One Time we hid in the bushes when Pascal and Kami's younger brother, Henri we walking home. When they got close enough, Kami and I threw guavas at them. It was really funny to watch Pascal and Henri run away. But then Mr. Ingabire, the shopkeeper came out and made us all clean the mess and said we couldn’t come back for a week.

Today at lunch, papa was drinking beer and he gave us, the kids coke. We only have Coke and beer when it’s a special occasion, so I asked papa what are we celebrating. He said “they want more of my carvings” (p:61). That was very good news. It meant that he would get lost more money. Pascal and Henri wanted to help Papa make more carvings, but I really didn’t want to help. It sounded like too much work.

The next Sunday when we went to church, it was a bit different. Father Michael. One of the priests said that “It feels as though the dark times are just around the corner. Brother against brother. Neighbor against neighbor.” (P:51) I didn't really know what this meant, but I knew it had something to do with the cockroaches. The radio man always talks about cockroaches and how they are spreading.

This morning I woke Pascal up by putting a bucket of warm water aside his bed and I put his hand in the water. This made Pascal wet his pants. After that I was late for my chores and mama got angry with me so I went to finish up my chores, ate breakfast, then went to school. Im almost done at this school. In half a year, I will be going to secondary school in Ruhengeri. My teacher was alway distracted because she said she was in love, but then one day our teacher looked really depressed. She was acting very differently because she and her boyfriend broke up.

Today was Nadine’s, my younger sisters fifth birthday. This meant that she was annoying than usual. Mama said that Nadine was going to have a birthday party. This made me really angry because when I was younger, I never had a birthday party. After hearing this news, I went outside to milk the cow. Pascal was looking through the fence at our neighbors yard. “What are you doing” I asked. He told me to look through the whole. The neighbors garden was completely destroyed. Then I remembered that the neighbors said they were leaving. It didn’t make any sense to ruin the garden and then leave. Mama called us back to the house and then we had to leave for school.

today at school, our teacher said “Apologies to your parents, but I can’t do this today. I have lot on my mind. And that means I’m not teaching very well.” (P:93). Pascal and I went home. We told mama what happened so she said we could help around the house.  I ran away with out Pascal or mama seeing me because I didn't want to do more chores. Later that night I came back and Nadine was blowing out the candles on her cake. She failed to brow out all the candle, this made me laugh. Nadine didn't want Pascal and I to be there so we left. I listened to the radio. The radio man said:
Believe me, it won't be long now,” The day of reckoning is just around the corner. So I tell you, my good friends, above all, make sure you’re ready. There will only be a limited time to act and to do what needs to be done, because once they scurry back to the shadows, they'll be much, much harder to catch. Impossible, perhaps. So make sure you do it right the first time. You know what Im talking about.
I knew the radio man was talking about the Tutsi people. The cockroaches were the Tutsi people. I didn’t understand why people would say such horrible things about those people. They were also people just like me.

Later that night the doorbell rang. Mama and papa told the the three of us to go upstairs and get ready for bed. We went upstairs and then listened to who was at the door. It was Dr. Singh, one of the doctors. He said “ It’s madness down there in Kigali… The radio said there was a fireball in the air, then the plane crashed into the palace.” Then papa, mama, and Dr. Singe were listening to the radio. I couldn’t really hear what they were saying, but is was about the cockroaches and Hutu people.

The next day Pascal and I were helping papa in the garden. After we were done, I left and went to Kami’s house. There were a lot of other boys there. Some of them were from out school and some of them were Kami’s older brothers friends. We hung out for a while then my brother Pascal showed up at the door. He said I had to come home right away. I told him that I didn’t want him to and told him to get lost.

Later we heard a lot of trucks outside with soldiers, they were yelling “kill the cockroaches, kill them all, don’t leave a single one behind.” We got scared and all went to hide somewhere in the house. The soldiers were shooting the Tutsi people. I heard screams and gunshots. I really wished that I went home when pascal told me to, but it was too lake. Some soldiers broke down the door and they started shooting us. There lots of screaming and the sound of the gun made my ears rings. The soldier pointed his gun to my head and pulled the trigger.  

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Novel study connection to the Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms

How would you feel is you were being called less than people because of you beliefs? In my novel, One Thousand Hills, one of the groups are being treated unfairly, they are called less than people and are called cockroaches. This groups is called Tutsi. The other group that is more powerful and are considered people are called Hutu. The Hutu people were killing the Tutsi people because of their different beliefs and culture. This connects to the concept of rights and freedoms because the Tutsi people don't have the same rights and freedoms as the Hutu people. I believe that all groups should be treated equally and no one should be afraid of going outside getting hurt or killed because of what group they are in. People started moving from Rwanda because they were listening to the radio so they knew this was going to happen. The radio man said: “Cockroaches are harder to get rid of than rats and mice. Their such  dirty little things, hiding in the dark corners. And now, more than ever before, Rwanda is suffering from a cockroach plagje. A place, I tell you”! (P:23)

In Canada, this wouldn't have happened because our our Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms. This allow all people in Canada to be treated fairly and equality. In Canada matter what race, age or gender you are. I think the people in Rwanda should also have some of these rules to help the people living their feel a lot safer.

My novel also connects to the concept of rights and freedoms because all people have the right and freedom to go the store and buy what they need, but they also have the responsibility to pay for what they get. In the book, Pascal stole a bag of chocolates from the store because he was bought a chocolate for his sisters birthday party, but then he ate it all. He didn’t want to get in trouble with his the mom, so he went back and stole another chocolate. No one should steal things just because they don’t have enough money.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book and finding out what happened to the Tutsi people and Pascal's Family. 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Novel Study- What Angered Me

In the second 20% of the book One Thousand Hills, Pascal keeps seeing the school counselor and telling him about his life in Rwanda. Pascal talks about how he invited his friend, Henri for lunch and then lied to his father about where he was, he said the neighbors were fighting with each other, their next door neighbors, the Malolos were gone and their yard was destroyed,  Pascal’s teacher broke up with her boyfriend because they were from different groups that didn’t get along, and it was Pascal’s sister’s birthday.

Somethings that angered me in the second 20% of the book is that one of the characters in the book, Father Michael said “our country in a turmoil” (p:50). He also said “it feels like the dark times are just around the corner” (p:51). The Tutsi people were being killed and they were treated really badly. This angered me because the Tutsi people are still people, they should be treated less than because of their different beliefs and culture. This also angered me because no one was doing anything about it. It angered me that the Tutsi people were being called cockroaches. The radio person was saying:
The day of reckoning is just around the corner, so I tell you, my good friends, above all,
make sure you're ready. There will only be limited time to act and to do what needs to be done because once they scurry back into the shadows, they’ll be much harder to catch, impossible, perhaps. So make sure you do it right the first time. You know what I'm talking about. (page: 126)

After hearing this on the radio on the bus, people started fighting, some people were agreeing with what the radio person said and some people wanted the bus driver to turn the radio off. This angered me because the people should have been understanding with each other and it angered me that some of the people agreed with the radio person and they wanted to get rid of the Tutsi people.

    I hope later in the book, Pascal’s family and all the other Families are okay. I also hope that people start to understand that all people should be treated fairly no matter what group they are from or their beliefs and culture.

Friday, 15 December 2017

About Pascal

In the book, One Thousand Hills, the main character is a boy named Pascal. In this book, Pascal is telling his story about when he lived in Babande, Rwanda with his mother, father, younger sister, Nadine, and his older brother, Jean- Baptiste. Pascal is telling his story from College Secondaire de Saint Matthieu, Belgium. Pascal talk about his daily life where he did chores, like letting the chicken out and moving the goat to a new place in the garden. His family was really religious and they go to church.

He is talking about his childhood to the school counselor because he smashed someone else's head into a locker. Pascal will continue to have discussions with the school counselor until he believes that Pascal is okay.

For Pascal's first discussion with the school counselor, he talked about how him and his whole family were Christians. They believed in Jesus, that he died so they didn’t have to, and they were the servants of God. They went to Church every Sunday. Sunday was Pascal’s favorite day because he went to Sunday school, church and they had a different breakfast. Pascal had to do chores every day. He let the chickens out, moved the goat to a new place in the garden and tied her up, made sure the cow had clean water to drink, and he helped his father in the garden. Pascal also liked listening to the radio. From the radio, he learned that there were cockroaches everywhere and that the Tutsi weren't actually people, they were less than people. When Pascal told his father about this, he got really angry. He told Pascal that all people are people, even that Tutsi and he isn't allowed to listen to the radio anymore.

I am looking forward to finishing thee book and finding out more about Pascal and what happens to all the characters in Rwanda.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Novel Study- First post

The title of my book is One Thousand Hills by James Roy and Noel Zihabamwe. I chose think book because after reading the blurb, I could really interested in reading about the suspicious glances, messages of hate, and why the people leaving. I want to read this book to find out why people were leaving and why Pascal’s life turned upside down. I also wanted to read this book because of what our librarian was saying about it. She said it's almost like a horror story and described how it just sucked you in. This book also has an award on it, it says new premiers history award, so I thought because it had an award, it would be a really good book to read.

My novel study Schedule