Human Rights: Henriette Ngenga at The Lerner

Elkhart Community Schools invites you to an inspiring event about strength and survival. In April 1994, the Hutu government in Rwanda decided that the minority Tutsi tribe was a threat and should be wiped out completely. Henriette Nyirarukundo Ngenga was twenty-eight years old and pregnant with her fifth child, a baby girl named Divine. This young Tutsi mother was facing a government-mandated massacre with four children between the ages of one and eight in her care. Hunted by men with machetes, tortured in a prison, and beaten savagely, she felt her daughter writhing from starvation inside her womb, while privately rejoicing that there was still any movement at all. Hear Henriette’s powerful story of love, terror, faith, and survival.

The Elkhart Culture Series is sponsored by Elkhart Education Foundation, Community Foundation of Elkhart County, City of Elkhart, Elkhart Public Library, Five Star, Goshen College, Intercultural Relations Group, Old National, and Premier Arts.