In April of 1994, just before graduation from high school, the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda swept through the country and left Apollinaire alone. He speaks of the kinds of social injustices which set the stage for genocide.
Apollinaire moved forward toward his educational goals and studied Chemistry at the national university. He then got his Ph.D in South Africa and did research and lecturing on Green Chemistry in Botswana before coming to Maine in the summer of 2017.
Apollinaire, his wife and children all live here now and he dreams of returning to his professional career as a chemistry professor.
Music: Cecile Kayirebwa sings "Rwanda"