You’ve probably never heard the name Justus Uwayesu before today but his story is as inspiring as it is tragic. Born two years before the ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Justus’ early life would be dominated by the tragedy that resulted in the death of 800,000 people in just 100 days. Born in rural eastern Rwanda, Justus was left an orphan at three years old when his father was killed for identifying as part of the Tutsi clan and his mother disappeared not long after. He and three of his siblings were rescued by Red Cross workers who cared for him until 1998, when they had to disband due to a large influx of parentless children. Read More
She offered to help them, offered them food, shelter and a chance at an education. One of the boys, a 7-year-old orphan named Justus Uwayesu, approached her and accepted her help.
"He said, 'I want to go to school,'" Effiong recalled, sitting in a sunlit corner of her New Rochelle office. Read More