Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum presents Funk Family Upstander Speaker Series: Marguerite Barankitse
During the Burundian civil war in 1993, Marguerite Barankitse, a Tutsi, attempted to prevent the murder of more than 70 Hutus, who were hiding in a Ruyigi diocese. She was forced to watch as they were killed. In response, she rescued 25 of the victims’ children.
In May 1994, she officially formed the organization Maison Shalom, or “house of peace,” which welcomes people of all backgrounds. Today, Maison Shalom is committed to giving dignity back to orphans of war, HIV/AIDS orphans, and other children in need through programs and services related to health, education, justice, and income generation.