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Norah Bagarinka, Survivor

Norah Bagarinka, a Tutsi, was targeted during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She survived, as many Tutsi did, by running and hiding for more than 100 days.

Jean-Philippe Ceppi, Journalist

In 1994, Jean-Philippe Ceppi was an independent journalist based in Kenya.

Gen. Roméo Dallaire, UN Force, Rwanda

General Roméo Dallaire from Canada was the commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force for Rwanda deployed in late 1993 as part of a peace accord between the Rwandan government and the rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front.

Alison Des Forges, Human Rights Advocate

US based-human rights activist Alison Des Forges had worked on Rwanda for years before the genocide began. When violence started in April 1994, she focused all her energy on publicizing the genocide and trying to provoke strong international response.

Mary "Fifi" Mukangoga, Victim

Fifi was 16 years old when the Rwandan genocide began in 1994. As violence escalated in Butare, her hometown, she sought protection at a local government office with other Tutsi, including Chantal, who would become a close friend.

Damas Gisimba, Rescuer

Damas Gisimba was the director of an orphanage, the Gisimba Memorial Center, in Kigali, Rwanda, when the genocide began in April 1994.

Stephen Rapp, International Prosecutor

Stephen Rapp, a victim of a violent crime as a young man, became a prosecutor, first for the US Attorney's Office, and from 2001 to 2006 at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Clemantine Wamariya, Survivor

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when the genocide began in Rwanda.

Carl Wilkens, Rescuer

In 1994, Carl Wilkens directed the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda. His family evacuated when the genocide began, but Wilkens chose to stay to deliver aid to children in need despite the on-going violence.