12Today, April 6th marks the 15th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda in which nearly a million people were killed and sexual violence was used against women as a tool of war on an unprecedented scale. In an exclusive interview, Lucid Magazine talks to Mr. Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, the man whose story inspired the 2004 Oscar-nominated film starring Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo. Mr. Rusesabagina now runs the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation and campaigns against injustice, particularly in the Great Lakes region of Africa, which includes Rwanda and the Congo. He says:

“Unfortunately it takes a movie for the world to wake up. It took 10 years for Hotel Rwanda to be made, for the international community to realize that there was genocide in Rwanda. It is taking just as long to realise that in the Congo – since 1996 I believe – more than 5 million people have been butchered, and yet we do not raise a single finger to say no to cruelty and crimes.”

Read his inspirational story here…

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  • Spinster

    Excellent movie. Glad he brought the issue to light (even though it took years for anyone to pay attention).