Motherhoods

Motherhoods

Motherhoods

In this short story by Rwandan author Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse, a mother finds herself caught in the intersection of family battles and ethnic conflict.

Amagara araseseka ntayorwa
Guts spill on the ground but cannot be gathered back up

I stayed kneeling longer than everyone else, pressing all my weight into the wooden slats. My head buried in my hands, I kept whispering, “Don’t betray his name, don’t betray his name, Lord!”