Mother Courage

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Mother Courage

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THE INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN OF RWANDA WHO HAVE TURNED PAIN INTO HOPE

They lived through one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century but the power of love and family saved them.

Out of indescribable pain, Eugenie Muhayimana found hope in the birth of her first child.

25 years ago, Hutu extremists killed more than 800,000 people in 100 days, in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi.

Eugenie’s family was killed in the massacres but she survived, only to be taken captive by the murderers and kept as a sex slave. Like many Rwandan women, she was the victim of rape, one of the weapons deployed in the genocide.

Eugenie had two children as a result of the violence, but she made a decision to live and to love them.

Mother Courage heads to Rwanda to meet Eugenie and other courageous women who have suffered and survived and are now rebuilding their lives and their country.

Meet the children born from these crimes and hears how they’ve managed to face the painful truths of their past, forgive and face the future.

Mother Courage gains access to the some of the men who committed these crimes as they prepare to be released from prison. Have they repented their sins? Is the community ready to forgive them?

While the men have been doing time, Rwandan women have become leaders in their country. Over half the MPS in the national parliament are now women, giving the country the highest percentage of female MPs in the world.

This is an inspiring story about human resilience, the value of forgiveness and the power of love and family.

A Foreign Correspondent Story

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Foreign Correspondent
Australian Broadcasting Corporation