Huron, Ohio – Many students at Bowling Green State University Firelands College have overcome obstacles to attain success and happiness in their lives, but no story is as powerful and emotional as that of Frida Gashumba.

Gashumba, a nursing student at BGSU Firelands and resident of Norwalk, is a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and author of the book “Frida: Chosen to Die, Destined to Live.”

At the age of 14, Gashumba witnessed her family being massacred by Hutu men with machetes and she was buried alive in a mass grave with her deceased family members.  She eventually climbed to life.

Gashumba’s traumas can never be undone, but today she has an important message for the world. She tells the true, dramatic story of life amid the horrors of the Rwanda genocide, but more importantly how her life was utterly transformed by the power to forgive and love her enemies.

Her story is for all those who have gone through life shattering experiences and are unable to forgive, imprisoned by bitterness and distress. The message is one of immense hope and personal deliverance pointing towards the transforming power of forgiveness.

The fruit of her transformation is expressed in her present day work with the orphans of Rwanda.

Gashumba will share her inspirational story at BGSU Firelands on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact BGSU Firelands at 419.433.5560.

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