U. Ntabana, Rwandan Genocide Survivor, '21

Name of Speaker:

Dr. Umuhire Ntabana 


July 23, 2021


ZOOM, Part of the 19th (Virtual) Martin and Doris Summer Symposium on "Remembering the Shoah,"  which centered on children in the Shoah

This video is a recording of the testimony by Dr. Umuhire Ntabana, a child survivor of the Rwandan genocide. Dr. Ntabana was seven years old when this genocide took place. Her parents worked in the medical field, her mother as a nurse, her father as a physician and dentist. The family, which included eight other children, lived in Gitarama—at the time the country's third-largest city. As Tutsi, they were swiftly targeted by Hutu militias at the onset of the 1994 genocide. The parents sent their children into hiding. They were temporarily taken in by nuns, a priest, and even some supportive Hutu neighbors. From their hiding places, Umuhire Ntabana and her siblings observed the unfolding communal genocide. Along with most of the family, including some siblings, both parents were murdered. The testimony is introduced by Dr. Racelle Weiman.