Rwandan Genocide Survivor Speaks to Sixth Form

This year’s Sixth Form Lecture Programme kicked off this morning with a talk from Eric Murangwa. Eric is a Rwandan refugee who survived the 1994 genocide in which over one million Tutsis were murdered in 100 days.

Eric explained how he, as a Tutsi, had been targeted and how an armed militia gang had come to his house intent on killing him. His life was spared because he was the goalkeeper of the Rayon Sports football team which had recently won through to the last 16 of the African Champions Cup. One of the militia men eventually recognised him and helped him get to safety.

Eric, who has been living in London since 1997, set up a charity called Football for Hope, Peace and Unity and was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list at the start of 2018.

Ellen Gooch gave an excellent vote of thanks on behalf of the Sixth Form.