Eugenie Mukeshimana

On April 7th, 2010 an international community of genocide survivors,political activists, and socially-conscious individuals joined their prayers and thoughts to commemorate the 16th Anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi’s in Rwanda.  Services were held around the world to remember the nearly one million lives that were lost in 100 days in 1994, and to celebrate the lives of survivors who continue to inspire people with their stories of triumph, faith, hope, and forgiveness.  Members of The Ripple Project were fortunate to attend an intimate ceremony at the UN Church Center, the commemoration featured musical performances, interpretative song and dance, and personal testimonies from survivors,all coordinated by Eugenie Mukeshimana, founder of Rwanda Consulting, whom is also a survivor herself.

Mr. Jean Baptist Rudatsikira, Masters of Ceremony, helped guide a diverse audience through the harsh realities of the genocide.  Keynote speaker Mr. Edouard Kayihura, whom survived the genocide at the well-known Hotel des Mille Collines (featured in *Hotel Rwanda*) recounted the terrifying obstacles he traveled through to survive.  While survivor Yvette Rugasaguhunga depicted her personal struggles through a moving poetic performance infused with Rwandan song, dance, and her individual reenactment of events and conversations leading up to the genocide.

Mr. Jean Baptist Rudatsikira

Even in the wake of devastating news that a boat of genocide survivors in Rwanda traveling to a commemoration event had capsized with over sixty trapped inside, Eugenie and her friends were able to stay strong, displaying a strong devotion to their past, and an effortless ambition for a better future.