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Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

Portrait of writer Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse
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Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse was born in Butare, Rwanda, in 1979. Surviving the genocide against the Tutsis, she moved to France in 1994 to study political science and work for humanitarian causes. She is now an acclaimed novelist and poet.

Articles by Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse

A cobblestone street in Rwanda at sunset with a few pedestrians and motorcycle riders
Photo by Michael Muli on Unsplash
No Familiar Faces
By Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse
I had the look of a Westerner fresh off the boat, with my wrinkled trousers, tourist backpack, and it didn’t tally with my fluency in Kinyarwanda.
Translated from French by Alison Anderson
By Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse
My son now despises me.
Translated from French by Edward Gauvin