Step Up! and the Anniversary
Tomorrow, April 6th, marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the genocide in Rwanda, which is known as one of the absolute worst violations of human rights in history. It was a genocide where the world stood and watched.
And I am apart of a group here at Marquette called, Step Up!, which supports Rwandan women and children who have since been struggling to rebuild their lives. And we look fabulous while doing it.
Being a milestone anniversary, we decided that we should organize an event to honor all those who were killed twenty years ago. After some of the most stressful weeks of planning in my life, somehow, everything worked out.
Multi-award winning director and writer Marie-France Collard and human rights activist Martine Beckers flew in from Belgium to watch and discuss two of Collard’s films- one of which features Beckers as she tries to convict the man who killed her sister, brother-in-law and niece.
We were later joined by Emmanuel Habimana- orphaned at the age of 9 by the genocide, he navigated Rwanda by himself until he somehow convinced a group Interahamwe that he, himself, was Hutu, so that he could live.
Hearing these people’s stories were, humbling to say the least. They are all so welcoming, warm, open, honest, and pensive. I still am in shock that I was apart of organizing this event, and that I am surrounded by so many interesting people in the International community at Marquette as well as the Foreign Language Department. They have all helped me grow and have given me a permanent home for the next three years, BECAUSE MY FRESHMAN YEAR IS ALMOST OVER.
But wait one more picture because Emmanuel is so adorable.
At any rate, merci beaucoup Marquette et Step Up!, je suis très heureuse de faire votre connaissance.