SOAS University of London

Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London

Heroes of our Time

An Exhibition Presented by the Survivors Fund
13 July - 23 September 2006

This new exhibition by the Survivors Fund (SURF) is entitled Heroes of Our Time: Rwandan Courage & Survival. It presents a history of the genocide and focuses on the plight of survivors today through the stories of four heroic survivors – Siméon Karamaga , Daphrose Mukangarambe, Cassien Mbanda and Ange Cendrine Mukayitesi.

The exhibition is a first for Survivors Fund. Through a series of testimonies, photographs, short films and boards it provides a detailed history of Rwanda, setting the context as to how the colonial years sowed the seeds for the genocide of 1994.

More importantly though, Heroes of Our Time: Rwandan Courage & Survival tells the stories of the survivors of the genocide and raises awareness about the issues that they face today. This is reflected in the focus of SURF's work: a call for action and justice - for the international community to do more to protect survivors that are today vulnerable to intimidation, assault, and even murder, in reprisal for giving evidence and testimony at gacaca trials. As well, the exhibition focuses on the need to ensure that the memory of the genocide is preserved, the importance of providing a safe sanctuary for survivors suffering emotional and psychological distress and finishing the work of burying the victims of the genocide.

The Survivors Fund is a British-based charity set up and run by Rwandan Mary Kayitesi Blewitt. It works to raise awareness of the plight of the survivors of the Rwandan genocide and to secure support and funding to help improve their lives.

A short article about the exhibition can be seen at .

Please Note: this exhibition is available to tour, for details and availability contact SURF directly on either +44(0)2076102589 or


The Survivors Fund would like to thank the Brunei Gallery, SOAS for providing the venue for the exhibition and support for the exhibition, and the team there for all their assistance.

Further details about the Survivors Fund can be found at 

∨ by writing to The Survivors Fund, 10 Rickett Street, London SW6 1RU.

For further information on exhibition details, please visit

 and download the pdf or contact:

The Survivors Fund (SURF):

Tel: 020 7610 2589 Fax: 020 7610 3851 e-mail: