Miracle in Kigali new edition - 25th anniversary of Rwandan genocide

8 April 2019


This survivor's journey is published in Norwich today, Monday 8 April. The book tells the story of Illuminee Nganemariya and her baby son Roger Nsengiyumva's survival in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, during the 1994 Genocide and subsequent life in Norwich.


How does it feel to wake up every morning for more than three months, facing the prospect that you and your newborn baby are likely to be brutally murdered? This was Illuminée’s experience as she existed for 100 days in the “living hell” of Kigali after watching her husband being dragged away to be killed by friends who had celebrated their wedding with them a month earlier.

Eventually rescued by soldiers from the Rwandan Patriotic Front on Mount Kigali, Illuminée and Roger moved to the UK in September 1996 to build a new life in Norwich.

Miracle in Kigali was first published in 2007 by the Tagman Press. This new edition updates Illuminée and Roger’s story, including Roger’s developing film and TV acting career.

Roger was most recently seen on TV as Dadir Hassan in the 2018 BBC drama, Informer. He began his acting career when he was chosen in 2010 to play the role of Fabrice in the feature film, Africa United. The route to Roger’s acting career began with Africa United’s producer seeing an article about Miracle in Kigali, featuring a photograph of the young Roger.

The authors are donating £2 from the sale of every book to Glaven Valley Churches’ work with Life in Abundance charity in Rwanda, recently featured in The Magazine.

“Miracle in Kigali is an extraordinary document – a unique, tragic, insiders guide to Genocide. This is a book about what a mother will endure to keep her child alive. I read it and wanted to give Illuminée a big hug. She’s my hero. Nick Andrews, BBC.”

Nick Andrews was the Director of a BBC3 TV documentary, Roger: Genocide Baby (2011), featuring the teenage Roger returning to Rwanda and exploring how his home country had moved on from the Genocide.

Miracle in Kigali is published by Paul Dickson Books, ISBN 978-0-9956187-9-4, price £12. An e-book edition will also be available. It is on sale at Jarrold Norwich and Jarrold Cromer plus www.allthingsnorfolk.com



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