Rwanda genocide survivor to visit Lycoming College

Rwanda genocide survivor to visit Lycoming College

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Emmanuel Habimana, a survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi, will deliver a program at Lycoming College titled "Lessons of Genocide" on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

After speaking to a human rights class, Habimana will offer an open presentation from 1-2:50 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. At 4 p.m., an open reception will be held in Burchfield Lounge, Wertz Student Center. The presentation and reception are free and open to the public.

"Genocide is not easily felt through statistics," said Habimana, "but when we hear stories we can begin to understand."

Since 2004, Habimana has been extremely involved in fighting social injustice in Rwanda as a leader of several human service organizations. He is the co-director of "The Children Who Lived," an in-progress documentary funded by National Geographic about the lives of orphans in post-genocide Rwanda.

In 2010, Habimana travelled to the United States where he spent five months co-producing his documentary and speaking at institutions ranging from middle schools to the Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C.

The event is sponsored by the College's Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Political Science. Habimana's speaking tour is sponsored by Education for the World based in Lincoln, Neb.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.