Eric E Murangwa MBE
Eric Murangwa Eugene is a survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, a former international footballer, a genocide education campaigner and a sport for development and peace advocate. It was his vision that brought together Football for Hope, Peace and Unity and Survivors Tribune into one organisation, The Ishami Foundation.
In 1994 Eric was a goalkeeper for the renowned Rayon Sports Football Club. He and most of his immediate family survived the genocide in part thanks to the courage and humanity shown by his teammates. As a result he became convinced that sport and storytelling have the power to influence society in a way that little else does.
He comments: “For many years after the genocide, I kept asking myself ‘why me?’ And only recently I came to realise that those who survived had all survived for a purpose, which is to make sure our loved ones weren’t lost in vain. The only way we can do that is to make sure that what happened to them, and to us, never happens to our children.”
In 2018 Eric was awarded an MBE for his outstanding service to the community through sport and genocide education.