Dydine
Dydine
Umunyana

Dydine Umunyana
 

Rwandan Genocide Survival

Author|Motivational Speaker

 Founder of Umbrella Press.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ABOUT ME

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!

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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. Separated from her family, she barely survived the conflict. While the physical killing finally stopped, the mental and emotional torture continued…affecting her, her family and friends until the acceptance led the way forward....

 
 

Book's Reviews

“Embracing Survival”, a child’s voice rises out of the darkness of genocide and the unspeakable aftermath of trauma. Dydine Umunyana has written a shining memoir of hope and resilience, a guiding force for healing from pain and rancor for all victims of trauma inflicted by others.
— Richard Moskovitz, MD Author, Lost in the Mirror: an inside look at Borderline Personality Disorder
a searing memoir told through the eyes of a very young child as she grows into a remarkable and resilient young woman, makes an important contribution to our understanding of trauma and healing after unbearable brutality and loss.
— Lisa Fruchtman Co Producer & Director, Sweet Dreams and Oscar award winning editor
a very moving and inspiring book that gives us an understanding of the ability of the human spirit to endure so much adversity and yet maintain the strength and courage to move forward in life with dignity and grace.
— Consolee Nishimwe Author, Tested to the limit, a Genocide Survivor's Story of Pain, Resilience, and hope.
 
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