Rwandan Civil War survivor and author to speak at Corridor 9/495 event

Clementine Bihiga

Westborough – Genocide survivor and author Clementine Bihiga will be the featured guest speaker at the Business Forward Females (BFF) program of the Corridor 9/495 Regional Chamber on Tuesday, Dec. 8.  

The chamber’s BFF group is a networking forum for women designed to educate, inspire, and empower women from all levels of professional backgrounds. 

At the age of eight, Bihiga and her family were forced to flee their home in Rwanda due to the genocide and civil war of 1994 which killed almost a million people in three months. Bihiga and her family lived in multiple refugee camps and settlements before they were admitted to the USA in 1999 as refugees. Bihiga, who faced many life and death situations at a young age including living in refugee camps and waking up among the dead, being bullied as a high school student and losing a daughter, has turned her tragic past into a positive calling of inspiring others to never give up.

Bihiga wrote about her personal experiences in the book “Happily Broken: Discovering Happiness Through Pain and Suffering.”  In her personal story, she shares how you can find resilience, perseverance, and success amidst the storms. 

The program is being held virtually from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 8. To attend the event, register on the Chamber’s website at