Betty
The Rwandan Genocide began when Betty was nineteen years old. She spent her days terrified of what was going on around her, hiding in a banana plantation with her brothers, who had been tortured and hobbled, and doing everything she could to survive and keep her family members safe. Her father worked as a gardener at the Rwandan French embassy, which provided them with the rare blessing of a safe refuge during this time of turmoil. With much perseverance, Betty and her siblings made the dangerous journey. They were determined to reach the Embassy despite the immense risk they were taking. Overcoming their physical shortcomings, as well as an unforeseen gunshot that wounded Betty along the way, they were able to reach the embassy. Here, they found refuge until the Genocide ended.
After the Genocide was over, a woman named Jane met Betty at a church. Jane worked at the Amahoro initiative and invited Jane to come work there with her. In exchange, Betty and her family would receive food and schooling. Despite the turmoil in Betty’s past, she carried on with her schooling, is now raising two kids of her own, and continues to have a steady job at the Amaharo initiative with the hope that her children will be able to grow up having a full and prosperous future.

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