Survivor Testimonies

Beginning in 2004, a goal of the Kigali Memorial Centre was to collect testimonies of survivors of the Rwandan genocide in order to have documentation of survivors' personal experiences, feelings, and reactions associated with the genocide.

Please note that these links are to the first part (sometimes of one, sometimes of two or three parts) of the testimony.

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Survivor Testimonies by Repository:

Survivor Testimonies from the Kigali Genocide Memorial

All Survivor Testimonies:

Oral Testimony of MUREBWAYIRE Josephine
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The oral testimony of MUREBWAYIRE Josephine, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi and Vice-President of widow survivor organization AVEGA Agahozo, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses life before the Genocide, events leading up to the Genocide, hiding during the Genocide, surviving a mass execution, death of family members, searching for remains of family members after the Genocide, memorials, forgiveness, faith, and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, with Kinyarwanda and English transcripts and English subtitles available.
Oral Testimony of RUTAYISIRE Masengo Gilbert
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The oral testimony of RUTAYISIRE Masengo Gilbert, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, with English translation and subtitles available.
Oral Testimony of MUTANGUHA Freddy
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The oral testimony of MUTANGUHA Freddy, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, the worst atrocities during the Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, and English, French, and Kinyarwanda transcripts are available.
Oral Testimony of SEBASONI Rosette
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The oral testimony of SEBASONI Rosette, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses family life before the Genocide, events leading up to the Genocide, intimidation during the Genocide, death of family members, hiding during the Genocide, surviving a mass execution, life after the Genocide, hope for the future and different views on forgiveness, justice and Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, and English and French transcripts are available.
Oral Testimony of MUPENZI Odette
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The oral testimony of MUPENZI Odette, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses on her misfortune during the Genocide, particularly the bodily injuries, the struggle for surviving Genocide and the life of treatment after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, with translations available in English and French.
Oral Testimony of UWANYIRIGIRA Mathilde
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The oral testimony of UWANYIRIGIRA Mathilde, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Memorial Centre in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, with English transcript and subtitles available.
The Oral Testimony of KAMURONSI Yves
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The oral testimony of KAMURONSI Yves, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, and a French transcript is available.
Oral Testimony of MWISENEZA Nadine
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The Oral Testimony of MWISENEZA Nadine , a survivor of the Genocide Against , the Tutsi , recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda.The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, the worst atrocities during the Genocide, the testimony is given in kinyarwanda
Oral Testimony of MURENGEZI Wilberforce
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The oral testimony of MURENGEZI Wilberforce, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda with translations available in English and French.
Oral Testimony of HABARUGIRA Alexis
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The oral testimony of HABARUGIRA Alexis, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, health issues before, during and after Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide, threats received after the Genocide, forgiveness, and the Gacaca war crimes trials. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
The Oral Testimony of BYUKUSENGE Agnès
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The oral testimony of BYUKUSENGE Agnès, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of MUREBWAYIRE Mireille Antoinette
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The oral testimony of MUREBWAYIRE Mireille Antoinette, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before the Genocide, the worst atrocities during the Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
OralTestimony of RUBAYIZA Gérard
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The oral testimony of RUBAYIZA Gérard, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before the Genocide, the worst atrocities during the Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of RUBERANZIZA Leonard
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The oral testimony of RUBERANZIZA Leonard, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before the Genocide, the worst atrocities during the Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony Of UMULISA Marie Claire
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The oral testimony of UMULISA Marie Claire, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before the Genocide, the worst atrocities during the Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda with translations available in English and French.
Oral Testimony of NIKUZE Béatrice
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The oral testimony of NIKUZE Béatrice, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before the Genocide, the worst atrocities during the Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the genocide, and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda with French and English transcripts available.
Oral Testimony of NICYOBERA Anisie
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The oral testimony of NICYOBERA Anisie, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimonies of NTAGENGERWA Dieu donne and NTAGENGERWA Thiery
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The oral testimony of NTAGENGERWA Dieu donne and NTAGENGERWA Thiery, survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimonies discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of NSENGIMANA Albert
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The oral testimony of NSENGIMANA Albert, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsi before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of HABINEZA Paul, MUKAKARANGWA Chantal, and NIKUSE Florida
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The oral testimonies of Florida, Jean Paul and Chantal, survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi ,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimonies are given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of MUHIRE Eugène And UWANTEGE Diane
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The oral testimony of MUHIRE Eugène and UWANTEGE Diane survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before the genocide, the worst atrocities during the genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the genocide, and life after the genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of UWAZANINKA Béatha
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The oral testimony of UWAZANINKA Beatha, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses family life before the Genocide, hiding during the Genocide, death of family members, survivor experience after 1994, forgiveness, justice and faith. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of UWERA Manzi Gaudence
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The oral testimony of UWERA Manzi Gaudence, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
The Oral Testimony of UWIMPUHWE Alice
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The oral testimony of UWIMPUHWE Alice, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, and French and English subtitles are available.
Oral testimony of UMUHOZAWASE Fidela
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The oral testimony of UMUHOZAWASE Fidela, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before the Genocide, the worst atrocities during the Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the genocide, and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of KARANGWA Theopiste
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The oral testimony of KARANGWA Theopiste, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of MUGENI ISIMBI Isabelle
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The oral testimony of MUGENI ISIMBI Isabelle, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses on her family before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing killings, surviving the Genocide and the life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of RUTABINGWA Fernand
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The oral testimony of RUTABINGWA Fernand, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of UFITINEMA Boyi Evode
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The oral testimony of UFITINEMA Boyi Evode, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of ISHIMWE Olivier
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The oral testimony of ISHIMWE Olivier, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, with English transcript and subtitles available.
Oral Testimony of UMUTONI Jeannine
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The oral testimony of UMUTONI Jeannine, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony Of KABANO Jules
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The oral testimony of KABANO Jules, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of KARANGWA Janvier
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The oral testimony of KARANGWA Janvier, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of UMUTESI Clarisse
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The oral testimony of UMUTESI Clarisse, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony Of KARENZI Théonèste
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The oral testimony of KARENZI Théonèste, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
The Oral Testimony of UWAMUNGU Jean de Dieu
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The oral testimony of UWAMUNGU Jean de Dieu, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsi before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, and English and French transcripts are available.
Oral Testimony of KALISA Emmanuel
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The oral testimony of KALISA Emmanuel, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. It discusses the hard struggle for life as an orphan household, remembrance of parents and family members death during the Genocide and the importance of individuals and NGOs help. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of HARERIMANA Marcel
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The oral testimony of HARERIMANA Marcel, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsi before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, and an English transcript is available.
The Oral Testimony Of BUKUMURA Egide
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The Oral Testimony of BUKUMURA Egide, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, and English and French transcripts are available.
Oral Testimony of NSHIMIYIMANA Claude
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The oral testimony of NSHIMIYIMANA Claude, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, the worst atrocities during the genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the genocide, and life after the genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, and English and French transcripts are available.
Oral Testimony of RWAMUKWAYA Leonce
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The oral testimony of RWAMUKWAYA Leonce, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Memorial Center in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of NIYONGIRA Diane
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The oral testimony of NIYONGIRA Diane, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda, and an English transcript is available.
Oral Testimony of MUKANEZA Antoinette
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The oral testimony of MUKANEZA Antoinette, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before Genocide, the worst atrocities during Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of NGARAMBE Francisco Xavier
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The oral testimony of NGARAMBE Francisco Xavier, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before the Genocide, the worst atrocities during the Genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
Oral Testimony of MUKAYIRANGA Marie Rose
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The oral testimony of MUKAYIRANGA Marie Rose, a survivor of the Genocide Against the Tutsi,recorded by the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda. The testimony discusses early memories of childhood and family, discrimination and persecution of Tutsis before the Genocide, the worst atrocities during the genocide, suffering and witnessing human rights abuses, surviving the Genocide, and life after the Genocide. The testimony is given in Kinyarwanda.
 
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