I'm writing crime fiction. The current scenario is that I have a main character (late 20's) who is Algerian but the story is set in Chicago. He lives in the United States because, as a baby, he fled Algeria with his Uncle after his parents were killed. Rather than the cliche of say, a random car accident, I did some quick research and learnt there was a civil war in Algeria in the late 1990's - the timeline works for my character. To make it more authentic I zeroed in on specific massacres that occurred in different villages during that time in Algeria.
Eventually, my character will have a scene where he describes to another character in some level of detail that his parents were killed in their village during one of these massacres.
- Is this disrespectful to the real victims?
- Does it make it better if I only reference the Civil War and not pinpoint a specific massacre?
- Does it make a difference if the victim count is up near 100,000 (the war), compared to 40 (village massacre)?