A voice for the voiceless, speaking out against genocide, whispering hope.
“We have decided to move away from the horrors of the Genocide and instead focus on the contributions the survivors’ community can make to society here in Britain and globally”
Our Strategic Vision:
Through our strategic vision survivors are empowered during the process of empowering future generations.
ST is a global educational initiative focusing on genocide awareness activities.
Survivors Tribune is a global educational initiative born out of FHPU’s off-field genocide awareness activities. ST was established in November 2015 by survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, drawing on their own first-hand experiences to make a stand against discrimination and genocide denial, promote reconciliation and forgiveness.
Its flagship programme, #Survivors4Schools (S4S), enables survivors of modern genocides and other global conflicts to share their experiences through public speaking events in schools, colleges, and universities. ST aim is to be the flagship organisation that helps offers a structured pathway to survivors to attain new meaning in their lives. Critically, in doing so, survivors are empowered during the process of empowering future generations. This interdependent and symbiotic initiative helps rebuild survivors lives whilst knocking down the prejudices and artificial social divisions that sit at the epicenter of what drives people’s fears, anxiety, and hatred.
Programmes and projects
By looking at historical and contemporary examples, with a particular focus on the genocide in Rwanda, the workshops seek to strengthen young people’s resistance to divisive rhetoric and radicalisation by helping them to recognise the processes that lead to prejudice, extremism and identity-based hatred. Through interactive exercises and role-play the students learn that anybody can be vulnerable to extremism when certain processes take place and that extremism is not a phenomena particular to any culture, region or religion.
Participants are shown that around the world there have always been people who have stood up against prejudice and extremism. The students are encouraged to think about the motivations of individuals from history who rejected hatred and instead fought to protect the rights of others. Participants are challenged to be critical thinkers who question divisive information and always try to recognise the processes that lead to division - making the active choice to stand up against them.
#S4S SURVIVOR TESTIMONY
WHAT’S IN THE STORY?
“It’s not every day you meet someone who saved your life. At barely 5 feet, I towered over her. A small, diminutive, perfectly dressed woman, she was no longer the cool girl I knew. I remember her in blue faded jeans, a white shirt and red lipstick; bronzed by the January sun, gleaming with youthful beauty. I gave her a muffled welcome and quickly ushered her through the lounge room, and was soon spilling hot water all over my hands in an attempt to make her a cup of tea.
She could barely look me in the eye. She wiped away a tear with a delicate, manicured hand and sipped on the white cup staining it with red lipstick.
“Last time I saw you, I was cleaning your wounds as your mother clasped her hand on your mouth to muffle the screaming.” She whispered. I did not expect that. It never occurred to me that my face might have haunted her for 21 years. I remember the colour of her lipstick but she remembers the colour of my blood. She was only 14 when the genocide broke out. She climbed over the fence to help us, dodging bullets and Interahamwe when neighbours that were more able refused to budge. Moreover, there she was: the embodiment of courage and goodness, bravery, grace and beauty - my perfect hero. I was the end of her innocence, a bullet-ridden child’s body forever burned in her mind, a traumatic memory to carry for many years to come. She sat next to me and held my hand.”
SURVIVORS FOR SCHOOLS TESTIMONIALS
Testimonials from previous workshops
"It was very interesting to be taught about the genocide in Rwanda as I had never heard of this before. I believe that by sharing her story with us Antoinette has shown how fortunate we are to live in a country that is free from such disputes." Pupil aged 14, Bryntirion Comprehensive School.
"Both harrowing and inspiring, Antoinette transformed a brutalised childhood into an exploration of how to be a better human. Her story will remain long in the memories of all who pause to listen." Andrew Shell, Teacher of History, Bryntirion Comprehensive School.
prejudice and extremism workshop- 16 december 2016
ST & PROTECTION APPROACHES Visits BRINE LEAS SCHOOL in Crewe.
#s4s for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016
ST Founding member Jo Ingabire shares her story with the students at Aldenham School to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.
bridgend council borough HMD 2017 - Friday 20 January 2017
Rwandan survivor Antoinette Mushimiyimana joins Bridgend community members to mark HMD 2017.
bridgend council hmd2017 - Friday 20 JAN 2017
Leader of Bridgend Council with ST member and Rwandan survivor Antoinette Mushimiyimana at Bridgend HMD2017 Event.
HMD 2017 UK COMMEMORATIVE EVENT - LONDON 26 JANUARY
Our founder Eric E. Murangwa chatting with Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Survivor of the Holocaust Hannah Lewis and
Laura Marks Chair of the HMDT Board of Trustees.
HMD 2017 UK COMMEMORATIVE EVENT
Memorial candles were lit by: Amouna Abdelbarl Eisa Adam (Darfur), Safet Vukalić (Bosnia), Eric Eugene Murangwa (Rwanda), Sophari Ashley (Cambodia), Ladislav Balaz (Roma) and Lily Ebert (Holocaust).
KWIBUKA23 IN BEDFORD
The Rwandan High Commissioner to the UK, Yamina Karitanyi who was the guest speaker reminded the over 200 people in the audience of the threat of revisionism and genocide denial, urging that it must collectively be challenged while educating peers on Rwanda’s story.
KWIBUKA23 IN BEDFORD - SAT 22 APRIL
In his remarks, Andrew Wallis, a researcher and author called upon those present to take it upon themselves to expose Genocide perpetrators as well as the deniers in their respective communities
KWIBUKA23 IN BEDFORD - SAT 22 APRIL
Urumuri – a UK based Genocide survivor’s association in collaboration with the Rwandan communities in the West Midlands and Oxford on Saturday 22 April organised a 23rd commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in the city of Beford.
kwibuka23 in bedford - sat 22 april
URUMURI is the Association of Survivors of Genocide against the Tutsi living in the UK; that was set up to preserve the memories of the Genocide and support survivors in the UK and beyond.