ICAR Program Marks Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide

Posted: April 9, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo Lake

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, in which nearly one million Rwandan Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100-day period. The anniversary will be commemorated today with a program of events sponsored by the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s (ICAR) Africa Working Group, in collaboration with the Global Affairs Program.

Held in Innovation Hall, Room 132, with live videoconferencing with the National University of Rwanda in Butare, the day begins with a screening of the PBS documentary The Triumph of Evil. Zac Nsenga, Rwandan ambassador to the United States; Yehuda Lukacs, associate provost; and Sara Cobb, director of ICAR, will give opening remarks.

There will be a panel discussion titled “International Community (In)actions: Inertia, Irresponsibility or Ignorance?” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Panelists include Nsenga; Abdullah Said Osman, ICAR diplomat-in-residence and former Organization of African Unity assistant secretary general; Jean-Marie Kamatali, former dean of the Law School, National University of Rwanda; and Ambassador Michael Southwick, program Officer, U.S. Institute for Peace.

A second panel discussion titled “Potential and Limitation of Conflict Resolution in Genocide and Mass Violence” will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Panelists include Harold Saunders, director of International Affairs, Kettering Foundation, and former U.S. assistant secretary of state; Howard Wolpe, Africa programs director, Woodrow Wilson Center, and former U.S. congressman and presidential envoy to Africa; and Kevin Avruch and Christopher Mitchell, ICAR.

At 5 p.m. the program moves to the ICAR offices, 4260 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, where the day will end with personal testimony from genocide survivors and a reception.

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