The Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation was founded by Paul Rusesabagina, the real life hero of the acclaimed film Hotel Rwanda. Rusesabagina, portrayed by Don Cheadle in the film, saved the lives of more than 1200 people during the Rwandan genocide and has been honored internationally for his heroism. The Foundation works to prevent future genocides and raise awareness of the need for a new truth and reconciliation process in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Read more...
Wiesel and Kagame: One is a Hero, the Other has Blood on His Hands
Paul Rusesabagina released this statement today regarding the upcoming event with Elie Wiesel and President Paul Kagame sharing the same stage in New York.
“As a Rwandan genocide survivor, I was very disturbed to hear that the NYU Bronfman Center and the Jewish Values Network is providing a forum for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to polish his image and tell more lies to the international community. My foundation and I were even more surprised to see that Elie Wiesel would agree to serve on a panel with Kagame.”
A MESSAGE FROM PAUL
“The following pages tell a story… a story about how a few dedicated people can work tirelessly to change the futures of people–many of whom they will never meet, whose lives have been devastated by poverty, illness, conflict, genocide and war.
For those whose lives have been ruled by injustice and hatred, the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation brings a message of peace and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Included in these pages are statistics and numbers that provide information about the workings of the Foundation, but the real message lies in the stories of the women and children whose lives have been changed by your support and your kindness.
In the upcoming year, HRRF strives to meet the needs of many more who have no voice in their governments and no power to change the larger picture of their lives. I am ever humbled by the spirit of the human being, by the willingness of those to lift others out of despair and sadness.
We still have much work to do and with your continued help and support, the one common dream for so many people–a happy future for their children, can be the one dream that is realized.
Thank you for your continued support.”