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Eyewitness to Genocide in Rwanda: Carl Wilkens at USF Jan 17th

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 | Posted in Events by Eileen M. Thornton | No Comments »

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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.

January 17th at 2:00 pm in the USF Libraries Grace Allen Room (4th Floor).

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