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She Escaped Genocide in Her Homeland. Now, She Returns to Help

When the Rwandan genocide broke out in 1994, Imana Truyers narrowly made it out of the country. She was sick with malaria in an infant orphanage when a nun was able to secure her adoption with a Belgian family. Two decades later, Truyers returned to her homeland for the first time. This short by Spencer MacDonald and Eva Verbeecktells her story with beautiful animation and live-action vignettes, both of which give life to a country that is rebuilding and hopeful for the future.

Animation by Hayley Morris. Learn more about Thousand Hills of Hope at

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