Loma Linda, World Affairs Council Recognize 25th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide

A quarter-century has elapsed since the 1994 genocidal campaign in Rwanda that took an estimated 800,000 lives in fewer than 100 days. Loma Linda University Health, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, hosted an event to examine lessons learned and why society can sometimes forget.

The May 22 presentation and panel discussion featured first-person stories that shed light on the human condition and how individuals can be agents of change.

Loma Linda University Health President Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, said the event was meant to recognize and remember a story that still haunts one of the most rapidly developing countries in Africa.

The keynote speaker, Emmanuel Habimana, is an independent filmmaker and activist who has dedicated his life to speaking about human rights and the consequences of mass atrocities. His testimony of surviving the genocide in Rwanda was told through clips of the National Geographic film Komora: To Heal, which he co-directed. Habimana told of the horrors of genocide and how orphans and other survivors have coped with the consequences.

Habimana said that by sharing his story he hopes to provide others with the strength and hope to push through the difficulties of life.

Two panelists also offered their insights.

Carl Wilkens, MBA, former head of ADRA in Rwanda, was the only American who decided to stay in Rwanda to help save lives after the genocide began. Together with Rwandan colleagues, Wilkens helped save hundreds of lives by bringing food, water and medicine to clusters of orphans trapped around the city of Kigali.

"Shared humanity is one of the most important things that we need to grab a hold of when we think of genocide,” Wilkens said. “We need to remember that we are all connected by a shared humanity.”

Aimable Ngendahimana, PhD, faculty in the department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, was a child in Rwanda during the genocide against the Tutsi. He said he chooses to remember his family’s values in order to keep their loving spirit moving forward.

The program is available for viewing at the Loma Linda University Health Facebook page and YouTube channel.

This article was written by DonaJayne Potts and originally appeared on the Loma Linda University Health website.

Image: Panel discussion with Carl Wilkens, MBA; Emmanuel Habimana; Aimable Ngendahimana, PhD; and Richard Hart, MD, DrPH. Photo courtesy of LLUH.

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/9653

Apparently the Seventh day Adventist church and other Christian churches
have FAILED to cause 3rd world nation members to embrace that ALL
persons are Brothers and Sisters through Eve, through Noah.
That Tribes are HUMAN Construct.
And ALL are God’s children and as such are to be honored and respected.
Even Muslims and Animists of 3rd world countries are our Brothers and Sisters
in God.
YES! The Seventh day Adventist church has to take partial responsibility for this
horror happening.
HOW does one do Penance for being the part of the cause for this happening to
800,000 of humans Christ died for on Calvary?

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Great lessons to learn. But I’m sorry to say the adventist church in east Africa where Rwanda union is served perpetrated schism based on s tribe.

We have a long way to go as Adventist’s in living Christian lives. The institutions of church should rid themselves of all isms and embrace godly persuasions

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