This is episode 4/4 in the Genocide Series that began in April in honor of April being Genocide Awareness month.
This Interview covers another survivor or the genocide against the tustsis in Rwanda in 1994, but this interview is quite unique because Jeanne’s story of survival did not end with the genocide.
In this episode I interview Jeanne Celestine Lakin, the founder of One Million Orphans, a non-profit with the mission to help orphans around the world to receive resources they lack, and a shot at a better future. She is also the author of the book “A Voice in the Darkness: Memoir of a Rwandan Genocide Survivor.” Jeanne is also a wife and mother of a beautiful and sweet 3 year old boy, named Samuel.
Jeanne’s story of survival and resilience is a unique one because when the genocide of the tutsis ended in July of 1994, her struggles and abuse did not. Jeanne was 9 years when the genocide in Rwanda occurred and for the following 9 years she would endure betrayal and abuse at the hands of those she came to trust. From enduring rape at the age of 9 from a much older hutu man who was guilty of murdering tutsis and held her captive, to seeing her parents and 3 week old baby brother murdered, and then falling into the foster care system where she continued to experience abuse- Jeanne’s story is nothing short of unbelievable. Jeanne covers her experiences in detail in her book and in this interview we discuss her journey to escaping to a better future and the drive that kept her going.
Get in Touch With Jeanne via INSTAGRAM or her email: firstname.lastname@example.org