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Indianapolis to host Rwandan Genocide Commemoration

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April 9, 2012

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Indianapolis will host a milestone event for the Rwandan community when it becomes a venue for the annual worldwide commemoration of the Rwandan genocide.

Sponsored by the Global Genocide Prevention Alliance, the Decatur Discovery Academy, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and organized by a local committee of Rwandans and friends of Rwanda, the 18th Rwandan Genocide Commemoration in North America will honor the victims and survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and also highlight the ongoing quest for unity and harmony for Rwandans both at home and abroad.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. pm Saturday, April 14, 2012.

The commemoration, which will take place at the Decatur Discovery Academy, a high school located in southwest Indianapolis at 5106 S. High School Road, will focus on developing strategies for reconciliation for Rwandans, in particular forgiveness as a strategy for empowering victims of injustice, war or genocide.

The 18th commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda will include a keynote address entitled 'Generations of Forgiveness' which is in the form of a discussion between two great advocates of the power of forgiveness, Rwandan genocide survivor Kizito Kalima, and holocaust survivor and 'Mengele twin' Eva Kor.

Kizito Kalima is the founder and director of the Global Genocide Prevention Alliance and a strong advocate of reconciliation among Rwandan youth both Hutu and Tutsi. Eva Kor is the founder of C.A.N.D.L.E.S Holocaust museum in Terre Haute, Indiana and, the producer of the much discussed film ‘Forgiving Mengele.’ The moderator of this session is Prof. David Carlson of Franklin College, author of “Peace be with you. Monastic wisdom for a terror filled world.”

There will also be an international panel entitled 'The Struggle Within' with representatives from the Ivory Coast, Venezuela, Syria and Rwanda.

This memorial event is free and open to the public. Monetary donations and donations of school supplies for the Gasoro Elementary School in Gasoro, Rwanda, are encouraged. Supplies will be shipped through the generosity of Federal Express.

Groups planning to attend should contact Cathy McKay at the Decatur Discovery Academy at 317-856-0900 or Cmckay@msddecatur.k12.in.us.

For further information, please contact Ian McIntosh at imcintos@iupui.edu or call 317- 274- 3776.