Genocide survivor to share his reflections on Rwanda 20 years later

Monday, April 7, 2014 | 1:14 p.m. CDT; updated 7:01 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

COLUMBIA — A survivor of the Rwandan genocide will be sharing his experience Friday evening at MU.

The talk, "Healing: Rwanda 20 Years Later," will commemorate the Rwandans who were killed in the 1994 genocide. Emmanuel Habimana, a filmmaker, public speaker and activist from Kigali, Rwanda, will share his story. Habimana was orphaned during the genocide, and he began his work as a youth activist in Kigali, where he and his peers assisted other orphans in the genocide. 


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Habimana began working on a documentary called "Komora: To Heal" in 2010 about orphan survivors. He came to the U.S. to work on the film and share his experiences during the genocide on nationwide speaking tours. Friday's talk will focus on Rwanda's achievements in healing 20 years after the genocide. 

The event begins at 5 p.m. Friday at MU's Memorial Student Union. It is free and open to the public.

It is being sponsored by Step Up! American Association for Rwandan Women, The MU Afro-Romance Institute, the MU black studies department and the MU sociology department.


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