Carl Wilkens: “Lessons From the Rwandan Genocide”

Top Pick March 29, 2018 Salem Free
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(Photo: Robert_Ford/iStock)

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. He will talk about his experiences during his time in Rwanda and reflect on 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 started 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 left the country in a rush and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American to remain in the country. His courageous actions saved the lives of hundreds.

Carl Wilkens is the founder and director of World Outside My Shoes, an educational nonprofit that seeks to encourage audiences to build bridges across ethnic, religious, and racial divides.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Salem State University
1 Loring Ave/ Viking Hall 123
Salem, MA 01970

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