It didn't just take our people, genocide "took away our dignity"

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Rwandan refugees, who fled the genocide, returning in July 1994 from Goma, Zaire, (now the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC). UN Photo/John Isaac

A survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, says that it's important each morning to wake up "feeling a better person, not a bitter person."

Frida Umuhoza, is now a mother-of-three, and author of the book "Frida: Chosen to Die, Destined to Live."

Her parents were among more than 800,000 people who were systematically murdered in the Great Lakes country.

The majority of those killed were Tutsi, but moderate Hutu, Twa and others were also targetted.

Ms Umuhoza was one of three survivors honoured at UN headquarters on Monday at an event marking the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda.

She spoke to Alexandra King.

Duration: 4'41"

 

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