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Book Launch 2019

“On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Jean Jacques Bosco’s book, Nobody Knows: What Happened in Rwanda. I assumed it would be attended by a warm and intelligent crowd, as Jean Jacques tends to attract such people, however I had no idea it would be as well-attended, colourful and enlightening as it was. I counted almost fifty attendees who enthusiastically made their way to hear Jean Jacques speak. Among them was Audrey Brashick who was an important guide and encouragement to Jean Jacques in the writing process. Cindy-Hun and Dr. John Yee, supporters of Jean Jacques and JBST Soccer Academy, were also in attendance. Other attendees included long-time friends of Jean Jacques, Ferruccio and Rosa Susin and Marian Ma, with sisters Rida and Linda, and Dr. Mayda. The appreciation and support for Jean Jacques was palpable.

This was not just a simple reading and signing, Jean Jacques managed to bring the flavor and history of Rwanda to the room as well. The event opened with a jingle and a flourish as four beautiful Rwandan women performed a traditional Rwandan dance. Anthony Taylor did a wonderful job hosting the event, especially in his thoughtful questions to Jean Jacques. Particularly poignant was the introduction by Dr. Darryl Plecas, Professor Emeritus from the University of the Fraser Valley. Dr. Plecas’ respect and appreciation for Jean Jacques was apparent.

Finally, Jean Jacques stood up to speak. The audience was silent as Jean Jacques briefly explained the geography, politics and social context which gave rise to the conflict in Rwanda. Everyone seemed engrossed by the opportunity to learn about such a complex topic that is far removed from the lives of most Canadians. Jean Jacques spoke with the candor and authority that only someone who had lived through Rwanda in 1994 could. It was a precious and rare opportunity for Canadians, most of whom will only ever hear the mainstream discourse that has come out of Rwanda. Both in his talk and in his book, Jean Jacques offers a more nuanced and honest account of the genocides that took place against not only the Tutsi, but also the Hutu. The crowd was moved by Jean Jacques’ honesty, passion and emotion during the question and answer. It was evident that this book was Jean Jacques’ raison d’etre. He explained, “If I die tomorrow, it does not matter, I have done what I was put on this earth to do”. As he explained to the crowd, Jean Jacques has survived a genocide, exile, and false war crime allegations, only to fight tooth and nail to become a well-respected and contributing citizen in the academic, business and soccer communities in Canada. I highly recommend reading his harrowing and inspiring account in his book. I expect we will see many more great things from this passionate and courageous man.”

– Diane D.

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