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Rwanda genocide survivor has hope decades later

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MYFOXNY.COM - Consolee Nishimwe, 34, is a public speaker and advocate for women's rights. But it's not a life a younger version of the Rwanda genocide survivor ever imagined for herself.

Nishimwe was repeatedly raped and contracted HIV twenty years ago.

“I was 14 years old. For me it was a genocide against the Tutsis. I am a Tutsi. We were colonized by Belgium and from there they separated the Tutsis from the Hutus. From that time, the Hutus persecuted the Tutsis. I lost many family members, my father, three brothers and my grandparents,” said Nishimwe.

Once the war and the genocide that left about 1 million people dead was over,  Nishimwe was able to move on with her life.

“Thankfully my mom who survived with me helped me through and that we should not live with hatred and anger towards the people that hurt us. Also, I have faith. Throughout the whole time I had been praying,” said Nishimwe.

As the world marks twenty years since the genocide, Nishimwe has written a book about survival:  ‘Tested to the Limit- A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope.’

"I feel I need to advocate for other survivors," said Nishimwe.

'Tested to the Limit' is available on Amazon.com

For a look back at the atrocity, Nishimwe recommends the movie, Kinyarwanda.

For more information on Nishimwe, visit Consolee.com

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