On 21 October 1993 violence broke out between Hutus and Tutsis in Burundi. On 24 October, armed gangs reached the Ruyigi hills to the east of Bujumbura. Marguerite “Maggy” Barankitse saved twenty-five children from slaughter and founded Maison Shalom (House of Peace). There children who are orphans of war or AIDS, or born in prison, or simply helpless, can find an education, health care and a family, allowing them to get back on their feet and become adults. To date, Maison Shalom has housed or aided twenty thousand children from all ethnic groups.
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