Marie-Christine’s Journey

Christine, a young woman who grew up in two very different Cultures and survived abuse, torture and several death defying massacres. 

Christine’s Catholic father, Leonard, was a Black Tutsi tribe member from Kigali, Rwanda and her White Jewish mother, Lilian, was a child of Holocaust Survivors from Cluj Napoca, a city in Transylvania, Romania. 

Christine’s parents were both rebellious and troubled children from the experimental era and turbulent times of the 1970’s. Leonard and Lillian both left their homes to be free of their parents and restrictions, and met each other in college in  Bucharest, where they moved in together about one week after meeting. Two children later (first came Marie-Chantal and then Christine), Leonard and Lilian got married and then soon split from their extremely rocky and volatile relationship. Leonard returned to Rwanda and Lilian stayed in Romania. Lilian was not interested in being a mother. She wanted to live a care free life without any responsibilities and rejected both of her children, Marie-Chantal and Christine. She wanted no parental burdens and denied her daughters existence. Leonard, who was physically and verbally abusive and a sexual child molester, took both of his daughters to Rwanda. After several years of extreme abuse in the home, civil war broke out in Rwanda. In April, 1994, the Hutu's of Rwanda attacked the Tutsies and massacred between 800,000 – 1 million people within a three month period. From this tragedy Christine developed a deep passion to make her lifes mission  to protect those who are most vulnerable the children of the world. 

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