“I felt an irresistible need to express on paper the sufferings of my people in exile. I wrote a collection of poems that I entitled “Coeur d’apatride” (Heart of a Stateless Person) in which I told about the misery, the sufferings, and the dreams of the Tutsi Rwandan diaspora. I felt that I had the duty to shout all over the world what I was feeling at the bottom of my heart.”

–Jean–Marie V. Rurangw, ‘Why I Write, What I Write, and How I Write It’, (University of Iowa Press)