At Tuesday’s commemoration, guests heard moving testimony from survivors, including Eric Eugène Murangwa, a football player who was 19-years-old in April 1994. “Over the entire 100 days of genocide, I lost more than 35 family members – uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and one young brother,” he said.
The Rwanda genocide claimed around one million lives over 100 days between April and
July 1994. Eric Eugène Murangwa, an ethnic Tutsi nicknamed ‘Toto’, was 19 when tension
finally boiled over. He recounts how he survived in large part due to his role as
goalkeeper for Rayon Sports, one of the country’s biggest football teams.
Murangwa added: “For many years afterwards, I kept asking ‘why me?’ And, recently I came to realise that those who survived had all survived for a purpose, which is to make sure our loved ones weren’t lost in vain. The only way we can do that is to make sure that what happened to them, and to us, never happens to our children.”
View the full testimony here: http://thecommonwealth.org/sites/default/files/news-items/documents/201401%20Rwanda%20Testimony%20Eric%20Eugene%20Murangwa.pdf