"I'm a survivor of genocide"...members of the Wabash Valley come together to remember victims of identity violence.

Members of the Wabash Valley gathered to remember victims of identity based violence. They also heard a speaker who survived the Rwandan genocide. Terre Haute South Stand Club and Together We Stand partnered for this vigil.

Posted: Apr 7, 2019 6:42 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2019 7:25 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)-
This April marks 25 years since the country of Rwanda descended into a great violence. News 10 spoke with a survivor of the genocide Emmanuel Habimana. He’s now an activist and filmmaker. He revisited that disturbing time when his life changed forever.

“Unlike other mass atrocities that are committed from people from outside of the territory, we have been killed by our neighbors. People that we went to the church,” said Habimana.

In 1994 he was nine years old. On the night of April 6th of that year, he remembers hearing gun shots. Those gunshots were the start to what would eventually take 800,000 Rwandan lives. This was in a span of 100 days from April to July.

Students at Terre Haute South Stand Club want to make sure nothing like this will happen again. They partnered with Together We Remember, to remember victims of identity based violence. One of the members is Erica Yeagley. She told us that the best way to learn something is from someone who’s been through the fire.

“Nothing can really amount to what a survivor actually is. If we learn about thing that have happened now we can learn from them and prevent things from happening,” she said.

Habimana travels all over the world speaking on his testimony. He wants people to use what he’s gone through as inspiration so that they make this world a better place. He told us he sees a lot of thing in today’s world that he saw as a kid in Rwanda that lead to the genocide.

“I worry too much. What happened in Rwanda there are reasons behind that. And those reasons can happen anywhere,” said Habimana.

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