A Voice in the Darkness: Memoir of a Rwandan Genocide Survivor

November 28, 2019 - Comment

(To purchase an author signed copy visit www.avoiceinthedarkness.org) Jeanne’s journey has been full of trials and tribulations. In April of 1994, the Rwandan government, aided by trained paramilitary militias and Hutu citizens, initiated an ethnic massacre aimed at eliminating the Tutsis. Just nine-years-old and a Tutsi herself, Jeanne faced a grave reality. Over the course

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(To purchase an author signed copy visit www.avoiceinthedarkness.org) Jeanne’s journey has been full of trials and tribulations. In April of 1994, the Rwandan government, aided by trained paramilitary militias and Hutu citizens, initiated an ethnic massacre aimed at eliminating the Tutsis. Just nine-years-old and a Tutsi herself, Jeanne faced a grave reality. Over the course of 100 days, she and her sisters were forced to survive in the wilderness with groups of bloodthirsty militiamen hunting them. After months of slaughter, she discovered nearly all her adult relatives including her parents, along with one million others were killed. Surviving the genocide was only the beginning.At 14 years old, Jeanne found herself in an American classroom learning a new language while carrying the deep wounds caused by the horror she witnessed and years of abuse as an orphan in Rwanda prior to being adopted by a family that moved to the United States. As she grew into adulthood, journaling became her cathartic release. She was determined to create a better life for herself and went on to attend college and then earn her master’s degree from Eastern Washington University. Upon graduating, Jeanne met a kindred spirit, her now husband, Paul, who also suffered childhood abuse. Together, they attended counseling, grew closer and found their deep passion for helping children who have suffered situations similar to their own.For the past ten years, Jeanne has served as an adoption counselor, and most recently released her memoir, A Voice in the Darkness. The book recounts her loss of innocence and fight for survival. It also provides hope that good deeds can come from dark days and by giving others a voice, many can benefit. Now, Jeanne uses her story to advocate for orphans through her nonprofit and her hope is to raise awareness for orphans and shine a light on an extremely ominous time in human history.(To purchase an author signed copy or donate to orphans visit www.avoiceinthedarkness.org )

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