Christella Ntirugiribambe was 22 when her father—a Rwandan national—was abducted from a busy market street in June 2015. He hasn’t been seen since.
In the years that followed his abduction in Nairobi, Kenya, she brought up her four siblings in Canada all the while living in the shadow of fear. “When he was alive I felt safe,” she told The Daily Beast. “One of the biggest things I realized after he went was that I wasn’t.”
Despite living thousands of miles from Rwanda, she is one of many members of the diaspora living in fear of the Rwandan state. The recent arrest of Paul Rusesabagina has struck a chord—a reminder that time and distance is no deterrent. “They will never stop,” says David Himbara, former senior aide and economic adviser to Rwandan President Paul Kagame now turned critic.