November 9, 2010
In September of 2001, New York was not the only city to shake with violence. Between September 7th and September 13th, the city of Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria, became the scene of mass killings between Christians and Muslims. On September 11th, several Muslims celebrated. On September 12th, Christians retaliated. Houses were burned. Stores looted. Outlying villages razed. According to Human Rights Watch, as many as 1,000 people lost their lives. These are the events that inspired The Rocks Cry Out, an anthology of non-fiction and poetry edited by Deborah Kline, a writer and former professor of English who lives in Plateau State, Nigeria. As part of a festival of Nigerian literature and film of the same name, Klein joined Dul Johnson, Nigerian author, filmmaker, and one of Brown University’s current International Writers Project fellows, to read selections from the anthology.