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In April, 1994, nearly one million Tutsi men, women, and children perished in the Rwandan genocide.
According to the United Human Rights Council, “The Rwandan genocide resulted from the conscious choice of the elite to promote hatred and fear to keep itself in power. This small, privileged group first set the majority against the minority to counter a growing political opposition within Rwanda. Then, faced with the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) success on the battlefield and at the negotiating table, these few power holders transformed the strategy of ethnic division into genocide. They believed that the extermination campaign would reinstate the solidarity of the Hutu under their leadership and help them win the war, or at least improve their chances of negotiating a favorable peace. They seized control of the state and used its authority to carry out the massacre.”
The civil war and genocide only ended when the Tutsi-dominated rebel group, the RPF, defeated the Hutu perpetrator regime and President Paul Kagame took control.” http://www.unitedhumanrights.org/genocide/genocide_in_rwanda.htm
SAMRU’s Cultural Mosaic Centre, in partnership with the Rwandan Canadian Association of Calgary and Mount Royal University, will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide on April 12th from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Ross Glen Hall at Mount Royal University.
Guests of Honour include Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary and Hon. Jonathan Denis, MLA; Minister of Justice and Solicitor General; Alberta. The Key Note Speakers are Will Ferguson, Writer and Novelist and Dr. Egide Karuranga, Laval University (Hotel Rwanda survivor).
This event will help the audience better understand the social and cultural conditions that existed in Rwanda that led to the genocide. The audience will have an opportunity to participate and ask questions. Students, staff, faculty, and all members of the community are invited to attend.
For more information about this event and SAMRU’s Cultural Mosaic Centre visit: http://www.samru.ca/supportservices/mosaic/
For more information about the Rwanda Society of Calgary, please visit: www.Rwacalgary.ca
To learn more about the genocide in Rwanda, please visit: http://www.unitedhumanrights.org/genocide/genocide_in_rwanda.htm