Survivors of the Rwandan genocide discuss their experience and reflect on the role that Rwanda plays in the global environment.
Now more than ever, the survivors claim, genocide prevention is of the utmost importance to guard against the ideological, social, and economic conditions which enabled the tragedies of Rwanda or Nazi Germany.
Yolande Mukagasana was born in Rwanda in 1954. For 19 years, she worked as a nurse at Kigali's Hospital and later, became the head of a private health centre.
For 19 years, she worked as a nurse at Kigali's Hospital and later, became the head of a private health centre. Her husband and three children were killed during the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. Her husband and three children were killed during the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994.
After fleeing the country, she became a political refugee in Belgium where she was naturalised in 1999. After fleeing the country, she became a political refugee in Belgium where she was naturalised in 1999. Subsequently, she adopted three nieces who had lost their parents and took care of many orphans still living in Rwanda. Subsequently, she adopted three nieces who had lost their parents and took care of many orphans still living in Rwanda.
To date (2004), she has published two autobiographical narratives on the Rwanda tragedy and a collection of witness accounts that includes both the victims of the atrocities and the perpetrators jailed.
Yolande Mukagasana also contributed to the writing of the play Rwanda 94 (Groupov). Yolande Mukagasana also contributed to the writing of the play Rwanda 94 (Groupov).
Jacqueline Murekatete is internationally recognized for her work as a Human Rights Activist and genocide survivors’ advocate, speaking out for victims and survivors of genocide. Born in Rwanda in 1984, Jacqueline was not yet ten when she lost her entire immediate and extended family to the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide.
At age 23, Jacqueline has already conducted more than 300 presentations in U.S-based schools, universities, faith-based communities, at international forums in Germany, Israel, Bosnia, and Belgium, and the United Nations General Assembly. Independently and with other Holocaust and genocide survivors, Jacqueline challenges people around the world to remember, to fight indifference, and to peacefully coexist.
Jacqueline’s story has been featured in the New York Times, the U.N Chronicle, the Washington Times, Newsday, People, Glamour, Teen Vogue, NPR, Voice of America, CNN, PBS, NBC, ABC, MTV-U, Polo Ralph Lauren GIVE campaign, and other leading media outlets worldwide.
For her work, Jacqueline has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Global Peace and Tolerance award from the United Nations, the Scandinavian Sprit award from the American Jewish Committee, a humanitarian award from the Anti-Defamation League; an honorary award from New York University at the 175th commencement ceremony, and most recently the United Nations International Peace Ambassadors’ outstanding humanitarian award.
Jacqueline is the founder and program director of Jacqueline’s Human Rights corner, a genocide prevention education program founded in April 2007, under the umbrella of Miracle Corners of the World (MCW), an internationally recognized non-profit organization based in New York City.
In Partnership with MCW, Jacqueline’s Human Rights Corner is currently working to develop genocide prevention education curriculums for young people, and to build a community center in Rwanda which will aim to empower genocide survivors to rebuild their lives, and to become agents of positive change in their country and in the world at large.