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From Rwandan Genocide to Yale: Clemantine Wamariya's Remarkable Journey Oct. 23 - Presented by The Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia.

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Category: Features

Published: 2014-10-15 00:00:01.000

Clemantine Wamariya's story is one of resilience amidst chaos and overwhelming destruction. She will share her story on Thursday October 23 at 7 p.m. in Globe Hall on the Germantown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

During the Rwandan Genocide, Clemantine and her sister Claire, separated from their parents and relatives. They lived in refugee camps for six years in seven different countries in eastern and southern Africa. In the year 2000, the International Organization for Migration brought them to Chicago. Although she had no formal education before the age of 13, Ms. Wamariya has recently been awarded a B.A. degree in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Holocaust Museum Council. In addition, she serves as a board member for Women for Women: International and Refugee Transition and as an adviser to the Yale African Association for Peace and Development. She has shared her riveting experiences with the Oprah Winfrey Show and with audiences in Africa, the United States, and Canada. Her experience as a Rwandan Genocide survivor and a former refugee have emboldened her to fight inequality, to champion the cause of the underprivileged and the disadvantaged, and to encourage dialogue and action to ensure global justice.

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