“My role as a survivor is to talk to the next generation ..”
At Africa Writes 2019 Yolande Mukagasana spoke about her survivor testimony “Not My Time to Die”. It is 25 years since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda and the new English edition of the book is now available.
Translated by King’s Academic Dr Zoe Norridge, it is an account of how Yolande’s life was shattered in 1994 when the President’s plane was shot down igniting the start of the genocide. Her status as a successful Tutsi woman made her a target, separated from her family, she had no choice but to flee for her life.
A story of survival which details the betrayal of friends, the brutal and harsh realities of the genocide, and help that came from surprising places. Despite losing her husband and son she did not lose her “soul”. Alt spoke to the genocide survivor who shared what she had taken from the experience and why Rwanda must never make the same mistake. (Pictured L to R Yolande and Zoe)
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