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Nigeria Crisis Triggers Memories for Local Genocide Survivor

Nigeria Crisis Triggers Memories for Local Genocide Survivor

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Johnson C. Smith University senior, Umuhire Ntabana - a Rwanda Genocide survivor - is struck by recent events out of Nigeria. More than 200 school girls are still missing; they were abducted by Islamic extremist, Boko Haram, more than a month ago.

The United States has reached an agreement with the Nigerian Government  to share intelligence related to the missing Nigerian school girls. Drones and a spy plane will fly 24 hours a day to provide surveillance.

The saga triggers an onslaught of memories for Umuhire!who survived a similar type of terrorism in Rwanda 20 years ago.  "I pray for them. It's really sad."

Umuhiree was 7 years old in 1994 when the violence erupted in Rwanda. An estimated 800,000 people were killed, including 5 members of Umuhire's family.  "I have seen people killed with my own eyes, with machetes.  Umuhire, the youngest of nine children, remembers the band of vicious men assaulting victims in the street.  "I have seen people with machetes and blood on it. I have seen people with no half of face."

The Genocide was initiated by Hutu extremists.  Hutus were the majority ethnic group in Rwanda. The extremists aimed to wipe out the Tutsi minority group. umuhire and her family were Tutsi, innocents under attack.  "Some people they kill them, and they have to bury them. other people, they left them on the street.  Some people were lying down on the street.

The Hutu extremists sought their victims door by door at night. umuhire and her mom would hide in the wilderness, making beds out of shrubs. "We used to go at night to sleep in bushes.  people came to search, looking for people at night.  We would go, sleep there all night, and come back in the morning.."

During 100 Days of Terror, Umuhire and five siblings became refugees, finding refuge at the home of Her Godmother - also a place of refuge for countless other refugees.  Some hid in the ceiling.

Upon their return to their home, Umuhire and 5 siblings discovered the grizzly news: their mom, dad, and three sisters were murdered by the attackers.  "I don't know if they killed them at the same time, but they killed them one day."

Umuhire says the dark ordeal felt like a movie.  Still, time heels deep wounds.  In 2008 Umuhire found her way to the United States thanks to the Genocide Survivor Network. The group helped her get a scholarship to study biology at Johnson C. Smith University. "I want to go to dental school.

Now, standing on new ground, the youngest child of a dentist and a nurse pays tribute to her parents with a plan to bring positive change to the world.

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