Survivor of Burundi massacre to share story of healing

News Date: 
Tue. 10/01/2013

Whether a trauma is borne from personal heartbreak or a global tragedy, the road to healing is often long and painful.

Dr. David Niyonzima, who survived a 1993 violent ethnic massacre in Burundi that killed eight of his students, will share his personal journey of healing and forgiveness from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Marriage and Family Therapy facility on Friends University’s Wichita campus.

As the director of the nonprofit psychosocial healing agency Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services (THARS) located in Burundi, Dr. Niyonzima – a Quaker minister – has dedicated his life to help genocide survivors and victims of trauma. His seminar at Friends University will focus on the power of forgiveness. 

“We are honored to be able to host Dr. Niyonzima and to learn from somebody with such a powerful story of healing,” said Dr. Michelle Robertson, executive director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Friends University. “We hope to have more events like this where we can discuss topics that impact our lives and our relationships with others.” 

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. For more information about this workshop or to reserve seating, call 316-295-5629 or email

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