The Survivors: Surviving the Rwandan genocide

The Survivors is a podcast series hosted by Joanne Joseph which takes an in-depth look at the devastating consequences of the Rwandan genocide. In the second episode, Joanne sits down with Sylvestre Sendacyeye, who was only 14 years old when most of his family members lost their lives at the hands of extremists. Subscribe to the podcast, here.

On the evening of 6 April 1994, when the presidential jet carrying Rwandan President, Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President, Cyprien Ntaryamira – both ethnic Hutu – was shot out of the skies, it served as a catalyst for the genocide of over 800 000 ethnic Tutsi at the hands of extremists Hutu army officers and their militias, that lasted 100 days.

It was known as the Rwandan genocide.

Believed to be meticulously planned and orchestrated by Hutu political elite – within minutes of the assassination, a diabolical campaign of mass slaughter began. It was an unthinkable revenge act that would haunt, both its perpetrators and its survivors forever.

In this episode, Joanne Josephs talks to Rwandan genocide survivor, Sylvestre Sendacyeye about the fateful day his family were killed by extremists.

If you've missed the first installment of “The Survivors” series, listen to the shocking account of the childhood sexual abuse Nicci Diamond Levenstein suffered at the hands of one of South Africa’s wealthiest men.


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