Rwandan genocide survivor speaks at Niskayuna High School


NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (WRGB) – There was a special guest speaker who survived through unspeakable hardship at Niskayuna High School on Monday.

Students at the school were treated to the life story of Eugenie Mukeshimana, a survivor of the 1994 genocide in the country of Rwanda.

Eight months pregnant at the height of the danger, Eugenie moved to the United States in 2001 to not only share her story of survival to thousands, but to teach a valuable lesson about the effects of hatred on a population.

“The blood that runs in my veins is not different from the blood that runs in their veins,” she says. “So we need to figure out how to live in a society that is peaceful, and we need to change the course of the world.”

Eugenie now lives in Baltimore, but says she often comes back to the Capital Region to visit family and friends.

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