Tuesday, 17 March 2009

From Rankin Drive to Rwanda

Nicholas and Elsie Hitimana spent several years at 53 Rankin Drive after fleeing here in 1995 after the genocide in Rwanda. After gaining a Masters and PhD in agriculture at the Kings Buildings campus of Edinburgh University, in 2001, they returned with their three children (two Scots-born) where they are now involved in a range of projects. A couple of weeks ago Nicholas returned to Edinburgh forging business links with the Together Partnership and meeting many of those in Edinburgh and Scotland who has supported them in Edinburgh. Whilst here, Nicholas was present at a premiere of a new film portraying the period before, during and after the genocide, mainly through the words of Nicholas and Elsie. He was also interviewed by a local journalist resulting in this article in today's paper. Part of their story is also included in the books written by Lesley Bilinda who also spent time in Southside & Newington ward after the genocide and now works for the Tutu Foundation UK. The books are The Colour of Darkness and With What Remains.

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