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The Voice in my Heart, A Genocide Survivor Story

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Gilbert Tuhabonye had faith; he escaped a genocidal attack in Burundi, was badly beaten, set afire and ultimately forgave. He then went on to set National records as a distance runner. Join us as we interview a true survivor as he shares his amazing story.

More than ten years ago, he lay buried under a pile of burning bodies. The centuries-old battle between Hutu and Tutsi tribes had come to Gilbert’s school. Fueled by hatred, the Hutus forced more than a hundred Tutsi children and teachers into a small room and used machetes to beat most of them to death. The unfortunate ones who survived the beating were doused with gasoline and set on fire. After hiding under burning bodies for over eight hours, Gilbert heard a voice inside saying, “You will be all right; you will survive.” He knows it was God speaking to him.