Clemantine Wamariya

Storyteller and Human Rights Advocate


Clemantine Wamariya is a Storyteller and Human Rights Advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, Clemantine was 6 years old when the Rwandan Genocide broke out. Clemantine's older sister Claire led their fortunate escape. During the next six years, Claire and Clemantine lived in refugee camps, separated from parents and relatives, in seven different countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.


Clemantine's experiences embolden her to fight injustice and to champion the cause of those without opportunity or the protection of law. For the past eight years, she has shared her riveting experiences as both a survivor of genocide and as a refugee.


Clemantine received her BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University and is on the board of Women for Women International and was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Holocaust Museum Board. She is also an advisory board member at Refugee Transitions.