(Charles Isherwood's article appeared in The New York Times, 10/3.)

The teenage boys bouncing around the stage with a soccer ball could be from almost any American town. Wearing shorts and T-shirts — one has a flashy purple Kobe Bryant jersey — they burn with the energy of youth and trade talk of Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

Then suddenly you’re brought up short by some of the words they sling back and forth in such cocky, jocular tones. The harmless trash talk has turned to boasting about how many victims their fathers slaughtered during the genocide that devastated Rwanda in 1994.


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