Remarks by Rwanda Genocide Survivor Clemantine Wamariya (2011 National Tribute Dinner)

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Clemantine Wamariya: I first read Night in eighth grade and I had no idea the book that
I was holding in my hands would change my life completely. Elie Wiesel's Night spoke
to me directly, and told me I must not be silent. I could go out there and share my
experience with others and tell them terrible things that not only happened in the Holocaust
but, also was happening in Rwanda, and was still happening today. Night also reminded
me how the whole world can be completely silent when your whole country is at war.
But today it's not really about ... my story is about a man who completely spoke to me,
I'm not sure if he knows, but changed my life. It's a great honor, actually, to say that
Elie Wiesel is my hero and has allowed me to go out there in the world and tell others
that we must not be silent when we see injustices. We must take care of those who need help and
you must not be ashamed to talk about it. I know there's a lot of Holocaust survivors
in here and other survivors of different atrocities. I encourage you to not be silent. I encourage
you, with Elie Wiesel, to keep standing up for humanity. Thank you so much.
And, Elie Wiesel, it is my great honor to be standing here today. Keep inspiring us
and keep teaching us. Thank you so much.