Becoming Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when the Rwandan genocide began in 1994. She and her sister Claire became separated from their family and lived on the run in refugee camps in seven different countries before immigrating to the United States in 2000. After starting her formal education at the age of thirteen, Clemantine went on to graduate from Yale University in 2014 with a degree in comparative literature. Since her early teen years, she has traveled throughout the country sharing her message of personal resilience and advocating for action to advance human rights. She has spoken at the United States Holocaust Museum, the United Nations annual commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, the US Department of Homeland Security Human Rights Law Conference, and at numerous schools and universities. She has been a special guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and at Chicago Ideas Week. In 2011, President Obama appointed her ... read more