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I'm Not Leaving: Carl Wilkens and the Rwandan Genocide

Join The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as we present an evening with Carl Wilkens, the only American to stay in Rwanda during the country's horrific genocide.

Mr. Wilkens will talk about his experiences during his time in Rwanda and reflect about how communities can heal and come together in the aftermath of mass atrocities. 

As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American to remain in the country. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds.

When 9:00pm
Viking Hall, Central Campus
71C Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
Catherine S Hennessey
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