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April 15, 2014
Twenty Years Later: Commemorating the Rwandan Genocide with Consolee Nishimwe
by Payton O'Neal
Consolee Nishimwe was a 14-year-old girl when she was forced from her home and into hiding during the three-month massacre known as the Rwandan Genocide.
An estimated 800,000 people were killed in the massacre, which took place in Rwanda between April and July of 1994.
Nishimwe, a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, visited campus on Tuesday, April 8 to share her story of loss and hope, and lead the USF community in commemorating those who lost their lives twenty years ago.
She spoke of the tragedies she witnessed as friends and neighbors turned against her and her family, as well as the physical and emotional torture she personally endured.
Having lost much of her immediate family, she spoke of often losing the hope and will to live, but shared with the audience her mother’s words to “just keep praying within your heart.”