Survivor of 1994 Rwanda Genocide to speak about horrifying events 21 years ago


 Author and survivor of  the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Consolee Nishimew, will share her story during a public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12 in Troy Theater located on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.

A well-known survivor advocate and defender of global women’s rights, Nishimwe was just 14-years-old when she suffered physical torture and spent three months in hiding during the genocide. She survived along wither her mother and younger sister, but her father, three young brothers and other close relatives were murdered.

Nishimwe is author of Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope, and will answer questions from the audience after her presentation, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper? – Lessons from the Rwandan Genocide.”

In addition to Nishimew’s presentation, the Rev. Innocent Rugaragu, S.J., will speak to the audience. 

Born in Tanzania of Rwandan parents, Fr. Rugaragu was raised as a refugee and returned to Rwanda after the genocide. He has devoted his like and work to peace and reconciliation. As a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, his studies focus on genocide prevention and peace and reconciliation leadership. 

The event is free and open to the public.

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