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A well-known #Genocide Survivor Gets Married

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Author Reverien Rurangwa and his wife Jeanine. Photo/Courtesy

One of the most inspiring survivors of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi, Reverien Rurangwa, got married yesterday in a colorful ceremony in Kigali.

Rurangwa rose above incredible adversities to live almost a normal but at times astonishing, life. Every single inch of Rurangwa’s body bears witness to unspeakable atrocities Tutsis endured at the hands of Hutus in the 1994 genocide.

In addition to several machete blows that disfigured his face, Rurangwa lost his left eye, left arm and thanks to modern advances in medicine, doctors reattached parts of his sliced nose.

Today, this author of one of the best memoir on the genocide, my stolen Rwanda, is about to achieve his long-awaited life purpose: to give birth to little Tutsis who will continue his mission to tell the story. ”That is my greatest revenge to the Hutus who killed me” said Rurangwa in his book. 

Rurangwa currently lives in Neuchatel, Switzerland. He is now a proud husband of Jeanine, a beautiful young lady from Rwamagana, a town in the eastern part of Rwanda.

Many celebrities attended their wedding ceremony including the legend Rwandan singer, Cecile Kayirebwa, who performed acapella singing with the crowd in a traditional ceremony following the vows at  Kimihurura sub-county (Sector) office.

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Reverien Rurangwa without his artificial eye/Photo: Kristian Skeie

Reverien Rurangwa was 15 when he watched 43 members of his family being butchered by the Hutus during the genocide.  The story of Rurangwa was featured in the Guardian, TV France, DW, and other major European media outlets. Click here to watch the story of Reverien.

Written by Albert Gasake

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  1. Dear Al,  Thank you.  May there be many little Tutsi children. I think I may have heard some chanting from his wedding in the distance from where I am in Kigali.  Though I was not at the wedding it is meaningful to me that I was in Rwanda and in Kigali when he celebrated it. Tomorrow I will visit SURF and some projects in the field with survivors.   Take care,  Noam

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    • We are happy for him ,imana yamuhaye kurokoka yarakoze hanyuma imana ikomeze kumugaragariza ibyiza byo kurokoka

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