Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000-1,000,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days. Most of the dead were Tutsis – and most of those who perpetrated the violence were Hutus. As the BBC said, even for a country with such a turbulent history as Rwanda, the scale and speed of the slaughter left it’s people and the world reeling.
Placide Magambo lived through this experience when he was 17 years old, old enough to full understand the horrors of the genocide. In order to survive Placide had to split from his family of 7; his parents, 3 sisters and 1 brother, and he fled from town to town narrowly escaping death at every encounter. Placide miraculously survived but many of his friends and neighbors did not. After the genocide villages were found completely destroyed, and anyone who had survived found themselves living in poverty and dealing with the trauma from what they experienced. Placide was no exception to these conditions, but he desired strongly to help his community through the power of journalism and he began his long journey to pursue his passion and go back to school.
In this episode Placide shares with us how life was before the genocide and how the hatred from the hutus were felt every day. He tells us about his experience living through the genocide and the hardships he faced afterwards, trying to continue his life while living though the trauma from the events he experienced.