Berthilde Mukamuhire

A white dove in flight


Date of Death
January 8, 1998


On Jan. 8, 1998, armed Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) rebels infiltrated the Daughters of the Resurrection convent in Busasamana, Mutura Commune, Democratic Republic of Congo, and attacked the community with machetes. Sisters Berthilde Mukamuhire, Epiphanie Gasigwa, Césarine Uwimana, and Xavéra Mukagakwaya, all in their early 30s, and Félicité Benimana, 41, were killed. Sr. Devota Rwangeyo, who suffered a gunshot to her head, died a few weeks later in a hospital.

The sisters had chosen to stay in the convent and serve their local community despite advice from authorities to evacuate from the area due to widespread instability. They believed they would not be harmed as they were politically neutral. They provided hospitality to refugees who were sheltered in the convent after their houses had been burned down by RPA soldiers, which may be an explanation for the attack on the convent.