Author to Speak At Wheeling Jesuit

A well-known advocate for survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda will offer a public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in Wheeling Jesuit University’s Troy Theater, located inside Swint Hall.

Consolee Nishimwe, author of “Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope,” will speak about her experience and answer questions from the audience after her presentation, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Lessons from the Rwandan Genocide.”

Nishmwe was just 14 years old in when she suffered physical torture and spent three months in hiding during the genocide. She survived along with her mother and younger sister, but her father, three young brothers and other close relatives were murdered. She also is a defender of global women’s rights.

In addition to Nishimwe’s presentation, the Rev. Innocent Rugaragu, S.J., will join in the conversation.

Born in Tanzania of Rwandan parents and reared as a refugee who returned to Rwanda after the genocide, Rugaragu devotes his life and work to peace and reconciliation.

He is a doctoral candidate at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. His studies focus on genocide prevention, and peace and reconciliation leadership. Rugaragu returns often to Rwanda where he serves as a community organizer with PICO Rwanda.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call WJU Office of Campus Ministry at 304-243-2385 or contact by email at