Emmanuel was a Sunday school baby, the son of a preacher, who grew up in the church, sang in the choir, and read scriptures for the services. His father’s church in Rwanda was 80% Hutu, 20%Tutsi, but his father never talked about the division; he served the whole community. The day the killers came to their home, Emmanuel grabbed his baby sister and ran for his life. Driven from the refuge he finally found, exhausted and faint with hunger, he had to take a chance; he knocked on the door of an old friend, a Hutu, not knowing if she was still a friend or had become another one of the enemies.
I Am My Story Live is a production of the award-winning nonprofit The Immigrant Story. The stories were presented live on stage at Alex L. Parks Performing Arts Center, Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Oregon, on Saturday, September 11, 2021. With a focus on powerful voices of survival and soothing musical accompaniment, I Am My Story Live provided a space for storytelling, cultural exchange and empathy.
Organized as a part of Beaverton’s Welcoming Week, with generous support from the City of Beaverton, the program focused on remarkable, first-person tales of courage and fortitude.
Major funding for I Am My Story Live is provided by the generous contribution of the presenting sponsor Zidell Family Foundation.