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RWANDA : 13 Years After Genocide.

The 7th of April 1994 saw the start of genocide in Rwanda, which saw a million people killed in 100 days. 13 years on, The Holocaust Centre in partnership with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations, present RWANDA: 13 Years After Genocide, an exhibition developed by the Aegis Trust UK. The exhibition reflects on the genocide and its aftermath, and the roles and responsibilities of states to prevent and deal with genocide. It also aims to raise awareness of the present Human Rights violations occurring in the Darfur Region of Sudan.

The exhibition will open for viewing from the 2nd to the 16th of December, 10am to 5pm Sunday through Friday (1pm Fridays) at the Holocaust Centre, 88 Hatfield Street Gardens. The Rwandan Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Eugene Munyakayanza, will open the Exhibition.

A programme of films related to Darfur and Rwanda will be shown in the Centre’s Seminar Room during the course of the exhibition.

The Aegis Trust campaigns to prevent genocide worldwide. It was founded in 2000 and has its home at the first Holocaust Centre in the UK, which opened in 1995. Since 2002 Aegis has had an office in Kigali, Rwanda, and was responsible for establishing the Kigali Memorial Centre in cooperation with the Kigali City Council.
Aegis activities include: research, policy, education, remembrance, awareness of genocide issues in the media and humanitarian support for victims of genocide.

Programme of films to be shown:

Ghosts of Rwanda
Dir. Greg Barker [2005] 2 hours:
A documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key government officials and diplomats, the two-hour documentary offers eyewitness accounts of the genocide from those who experienced it firsthand. FRONTLINE illustrates the failures that enabled the slaughter of a million people to occur unchallenged by the global community.

Defying genocide: choices that saved lives
Dir. Mandy Jacobson. [2006] 19 min:
The story of how Simone Weil Lipman was able to save thousands of Jewish children during the Holocaust is a starting point for an exploration of what it takes to defy genocide. The film focuses on Damas Gisimba, director of a small orphanage in Rwanda that was besieged by militias during the 1994 genocide. Learn how Gisimba, with the help of American aid worker Carl Wilkens, managed to protect, care for, and save some 400 people.

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