GSF Helps Organize Commemoration Program Marking 25th Anniversary of 1994 Genocide in Rwanda

Posted: April 7, 2019
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A commemoration event co-organized by Genocide Survivors Foundation

On April 7, the international day of remembrance for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Genocide Survivors Foundation worked with survivors in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to organize a commemoration program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage to mark the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Titled “Never Again” Revisited, Survivors’ Lives 25 Years on & Genocide Prevention Today, the program featured Dieudonne Kageruka, who shared his powerful survivor testimony for the first time in public. The program also featured a panel discussion with Consolee Nishimwe, a survivor and author, Jacqueline Murekatete, GSF founder and survivor, Holocaust survivor and educator Sally Frishberg, and Dr. Howard Robinson, a clinical social worker specializing in trauma treatment.

The program was introduced by Elizabeth Edelstein, the Educational Director at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and moderated by Michelle Mitchell, a journalist and filmmaker who co-directed the film, The Uncondemned, a documentary which shed light on the use of rape during war and genocide.

A commemoration event co-organized by Genocide Survivors Foundation

The program examined some of the challenges in the work of genocide prevention and why the words “Never Again” which were uttered after the Holocaust are yet to be fulfilled. The program also looked at some of the challenges facing survivors 25 years after the genocide in Rwanda, particularly in the area of mental health and trauma healing. The program emphasized the importance of speaking up against all forms of extremism before they lead to mass violence, as well as the critical need to support survivors of genocide and other mass atrocity crimes.

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