In 1994, the year of the mass slaughter of the Tutsi in Rwanda by ethnic Hutu extremists, Alphonse Nahimana* was a 24-year-old living in Kigali with the Tutsi mother of his two-year-old child. He was the youngest of six children, identifying as ‘mixed race’, since his mother was Tutsi and his father, a Hutu farmer. All his family members had died in the genocide or in the refugee camps in Burundi or the Congo, save one brother who, he would later discover, was alive and in jail in Rwanda. After the genocide, Nahimana traversed the continent, trying to create a life for himself. He finally arrived in South Africa in 2001.