Finding Hope, Jacqueline Murekatete, Genocide, Tutsi, Rwanda,

Episode 34: Goals and Dreams Exterminated Find Hope in Sharing

From April 7 to July 15, 1994, nine-year-old Jacqueline Murekatete witnessed the atrocities of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Jacqueline’s passion to live for her family and to help others guided her path to the founding of the Genocide Survivors Foundation. “Live beyond yourself and with passion for others.” Jacqueline is a treasure in our midst. She offers us a light to peace with the call to focus on finding our own passions and pursuing them. In podcast episode 34, titled “Goals and Dreams Exterminated Find Hope in Sharing”, Jacqueline offers us the context in which CURRENT, yes current, religious and ethnic minorities are suffering.



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Episode 034 – Jacqueline Murekatete

Title – “Goals and Dreams Exterminated Find Hope in Sharing”

From April 7 to July 15, 1994, nine-year-old Jacqueline Murekatete witnessed the atrocities of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Jacqueline’s responsibility to share her story and that of her family came to light when she met David Gewirtzman, a holocaust survivor, as a sophomore in a United States high school. David became a trusted friend, confidant, and mentor to Jacqueline as they traveled widely speaking publicly about their personal knowledge relating to intolerance and hate.

“From goals and dreams to being hunted for extermination”, is exactly how Jacqueline describes the dramatic change in her life when the Hutu government of Rwanda encouraged, to the point of implementation, the systemic murders of their neighbors, family members, and friends who were ethnical, Tutsis – Jacqueline’s heritage. Targeted because of their ethnicity, the Tutsi’s were initially labeled as cockroaches and by the time the genocide began they were seen as inhuman.

Has anyone treated you like a cockroach? Have you treated another like a cockroach?

Jacqueline bravely represents her family and her ethnicity as the founder of the Genocide Survivors Foundation. Having lived in fear for her life, over the 100-day siege, she values our humanity in a deeper way than most.

In podcast episode 34, titled “Goals and Dreams Exterminated Find Hope in Sharing”, Jacqueline offers us the context in which CURRENT, yes current, religious and ethnic minorities are suffering.

How is it that “in this day and age there are people who believe that other humans don’t deserve to live? Genocides continue to be a major threat facing humanity”, Jacqueline shares with me in our conversation.

This ideology of overpowering a person or person due to their faith, ethnicity, or gender has to be fought. Jacqueline explains what many know to be true, “we have the same God-given right to exist.”

Her friend and mentor, David Gewirtzman, is quoted as saying, “diversity is not adversity. Human diversity is an asset to be embraced.”

Do you value diversity?

If so, how do you REPRESENT that you value diversity?

Jacqueline’s passion to live for her family and to help others guided her path to the founding of the Genocide Survivors Foundation. “Live beyond yourself and with passion for  others.” Jacqueline is a treasure in our midst. She offers us a light to peace with the call to focus on finding our own passions and pursuing them.

Friends, what is your passion for others? Are you following this passion?

Together, we are better.

Finding Hope, Jacqueline Murekatete, Genocide, Tutsi, Rwanda,

 

 

 

resources for this Podcast episode:

Tutsi people

Hutu people

The inhumanity of ethnic cleansing

Genocide Survivor’s Foundation

SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World

David Gewirtzman

YouTube  – Jacqueline Murekatete

“Night” by Elie Weisel

Kigali Genocide Memorial

The National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide website (CNLG)

 

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