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Rwanda Massacre survivor to speak at History Museum


Marie-Christina Williams
Marie-Christina Williams

Born into a family that had already survived the Holocaust, Marie-Christine Williams had no idea that just seven short years after she moved from her grandmother’s care in France to her father’s home in Rwanda that she too would be part of one of the worst genocides in world history.

In collaboration with Bilingual International Assistant Services, Purposed Productions, and the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, the Missouri History Museum will host Triumph Over Darkness at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 in the Lee Auditorium.

Williams will tell her powerful personal story of surviving one of the worst genocides in world history. The event marks the annual UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture and the 25th Anniversary of the Rwanda genocide of 1994.

“You can choose courage in the face of terror, faith and hope instead of despair, and light to triumph over darkness.” – Marie-Christine Williams

The program will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. on the lower level of the Missouri History Museum. Light refreshments will be provided and program attendees can examine timelines and images that provide context for the events in Rwanda, as well as information on how the country has changed since the genocide.

The presentation starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a Q & A session with Williams and a book signing for her memoir “The Dark Side of Human Nature,” which will be available for purchase.

The program is free and open to the public.

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