Rwanda Genocide Witness Talks to St Mary’s Pupils

RS lessons took on a very different take for our UIV (Year 9) girls recently when they were invited to meet with Gisele, a lady from Rwanda who had witnessed the genocide. The girls have been researching the political situation in Rwanda between the Hutus and Tutsis and had prepared questions to ask; these  were of a very high level eliciting much thought provoking information.

All the girls were completely engaged throughout the talk and highly respectful especially when some of the responses caused Gisele a little heartbreak. The visit was both educational and thought-provoking giving the girls a first hand and personal account of the genocide.

At the end of the presentation, events took a lighter tone when Gisele taught the girls a Rwandan dance which was enjoyed by all of them.


St Mary’s supports The Amakuru Trust, a charitable trust dedicated to alleviating poverty in Rwanda by supporting education, humanitarian and health projects.