Friday, July 25, 2008

Beyond Hotel Rwanda : Finding Real Peace in Africaʼs Great Lakes Region

The Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation hosted a panel discussion on the future of Rwanda and its regional neighbors on Thursday, June 19th at the Beane Ballroom, Loyola University School of Law, 111 E. Pearson in Chicago, Illinois.

Distinguished Panel Included:

The Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation hosted a panel discussion on the future of Rwanda and its regional neighbors on Thursday, June 19th at the Beane Ballroom, Loyola University School of Law, 111 E. Pearson in Chicago, Illinois.

* Paul Rusesabagina, founder of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation & real life hero of the film Hotel Rwanda,

* Ambassador Robert Krueger, former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to Burundi, (1994-1996),

* Ambassador Robert Flaten, Ambassador to Rwanda, (1990-1993),

* David Zarembka, founder of the African Great Lakes Initiativewhich works on the ground healing and rebuilding communities within the African Great Lakes Region,

* Dr. Brian Endless, Moderator of the Discussion, Loyola University Professor of Political Science and International Relations and the Executive Director of the American Model United Nations International


The focus of this panel discussion was moving the process of Peace and Reconciliation forward in Rwanda and around the Great Lakes Region of Africa. The genocide in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region may be past, but the need for healing and reconciliation is still very much alive.
While the HRRF is engaged in helping the victims of the genocide in Rwanda and other instances of violence, it also strives to educate the general public about the need for these survivors to move past the events that have defined them for fourteen years. Real peace and healing can only occur when the truth is fully revealed. An internationally administered Truth & Reconciliation Commission will go beyond blame, and help survivors by revealing the fate of their friends, family and loved ones, and thereby giving them closure.

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