Versify #2: Why We Will Never Forget April 1994

Ebralie Mwizerwa is a mother of five, an accountant, a devoted church-goer — and a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She fled with her family while pregnant and now runs a nonprofit that assists incoming refugee families in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ebralie shares the story of her harrowing escape to poet Destiny Birdsong, who takes up the challenge of crafting an original poem for Ebralie — “trying to figure out how to speak the unspeakable,” as Destiny says.

This story was recorded at Legacy Mission Village and the poem recorded live on stage as part of the International Women’s Day celebration at OZ Arts Nashville in March 2017.

Credits: Editing/Co-production by: Tony Gonzalez, Hosting/Co-production by: Joshua Moore

Additional Editing assistance: Emily Siner, Blake Farmer, Anita Bugg, Susannah Felts, Ciona Rouse, Carissa Stolting and Alicia Marie Brandewie.

The show is mastered by Carl Pedersen.

The music is by The Pangolins and by Komiku — both found through the Free Music Archive.

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