I had the honor of interviewing Consolee Nishime, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi. In spite of surviving the horrific violence, she has dedicated her life to speaking out against genocide and violence against women and advocating for victims of torture.

In recognition of her courage and accomplishments, Consolee has received the 2013 ASALH Living Legacy Award and the NSANGA STEP UP Service Award. She was hailed by the Together for Girls Organization in SAFE Magazine Issue #1, as one of 50 Global Heroes who help stop sexual violence against children. (psst. book her for your own show here.)

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I wish we had more time to talk more details about her incredible story. Be sure to check out Consolee’s book, Tested To The Limit: A Genocide Survivor's Story Of Pain, Resilience And Hope. I know I can’t wait to get my copy.

Some testimonials:

"If there is one book you should read on the Rwandan Genocide, this is it. Tested to the Limit-A Genocide Survivor's Story of Pain, Resilience, and Hope is a riveting and courageous account from the perspective of a fourteen year- old girl. It's a powerful story you will never forget." -Francine LeFrak, founder of Same Sky and award-winning producer

"That someone who survived such a horrific, life-altering experience as the Rwandan genocide could find the courage to share her story truly amazes me. But even more incredible is that Consolee Nishimwe refused to let the inhumane acts she suffered strip away her humanity, zest for life and positive outlook for a better future. After reading Tested to the Limit, I am in awe of the unyielding strength and resilience of the human spirit to overcome against all odds." -Kate Ferguson, senior editor, P.O.Z. magazine

"Consolee Nishimwe's story of resilience, perseverance, and grace after surviving genocide, rape, and torture is a testament to the transformative power of unyielding faith and a commitment to love. Her inspiring narrative about compassionate courage and honest revelations about her spiritual path in the face of unthinkable adversity remind us that hope is eternal, and miracles happen every day." -Jamia Wilson, vice president of programs, Women's Media Center, New York

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