Tharcisse Seminega is a survivor of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. He was born in Rwanda in 1941 and raised in a Catholic family during the transition from the colonial power to independence. In 1994 when the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda occurred, he was serving as a senior lecturer in Biotechnology at the National University of Rwanda in Butare, Southern Province of the country. Tharcisse, his wife and their five children were hidden by Hutu Jehovah’s Witnesses and their friends who risked their lives for 75 days in critical and life-threatening situations to help them survive the machete’s fury. Tharcisse Seminega and his wife lost more than 100 family members and relatives during the genocide. The family immigrated to Canada in March of 2003.

Tharcisse Seminega holds Bachelors degrees in various fields including Philosophy and Education, Biological Sciences, and Translation, a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science, and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology and Food Industry. He taught Biological sciences and Biochemistry at the University of Rwanda from 1977 to 2001. Since immigrating to Canada, Dr. Seminega has taught Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the University of Alberta, and worked as a translator for Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and the Ottawa Court House. He speaks English, French, Italian, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi and Swahili.

He is the author of “No Greater Love: How my Family Survived the Genocide in Rwanda ”.