Dydine Umunyana

 

 

Dydine Umunyana
 

Rwandan Genocide Child Survival

Author | Motivational Speaker

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide - a human tragedy that took the lives of an estimated 800,000 to one million people in 100 days. Dydine Umunyana barely lived to tell about it. She poignantly shares her story of surviving the conflict and the trauma of the aftermath in her memoir Embracing Survival.

Dydine Sharing her story at Google NYC 2018

Dydine Umunyana, the Author of the memoir 'Embracing Survival' shares the story of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against Tutsis at the hands of the Hutu perpetrators, through the eyes of the four-year-old-child, that she was when the horror massacre occurred. Her talk was recorded at the November 2017 Shine in Los Angeles.

About: Dydine Umunyana

Dydine Umunyana,  the Author of the memoir ‘Embracing Survival’ tells the story of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against Tutsis at the hands of the Hutu perpetrators, through the eyes of the four-year-old-child, that she was when the horror massacre occurred.

In 2013, Ms. Umunyana was appointed a Youth Peace Ambassador, for the Aegis Trust, an organization dedicated to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities worldwide.  Subsequently, in 2015, she became a Global Mentor for Peace at ‘Serve to Unite’, an organization that cultivates peace through creative service learning and global engagement.

Ms Umunyana is committed to establishing a dialogue between people for understanding their shared histories and culture differences. Through her writing and public lectures, her goal is to pierce the wall of silence that still pervades much of our society. 

In sharing her story, the story of her family and the story of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda with readers, Ms. Umunyana writes that “Life is a choice and we should never resort to name-calling when we refer to others that we perceive as different from ourselves.  Whatever color, religion, occupation, ethnicity and or tribe, one belongs to, or what part of the world one comes from, there is only one race - the human race.  All that matters is what is inside you.  Hate is not the answer.”

To a life well lived!

Book: Embracing Survival

"War and Genocide through the eyes of a child" 

‘Embracing Survival’ tells the story of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against Tutsis at the hands of the Hutu perpetrators, through the eyes of the four-year-old-child, that she was when the horrorific  massacre occurred.

Embracing Survival

Embracing Survival

A memoir by Dydine Umunyana

For those of us who survived the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda in 1994, survival is not something to be taken for granted. I’ve learned to not let what has happened destroy me nor define me. To seek beauty, even in the most desolate moments, is a mechanism for survival; the lens of hope that permits a person to thrive.
— -Dydine Umunyana