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New Exhibit Focusing on the Rwandan Genocide Opens at the University of Denver

Jan. 30, 2014—The University of Denver Museum of Anthropology today opened a new exhibit in honor of the victims and survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. "Living with the Memory: Rwanda 20 Years On," looks at the complicated history of Rwanda, the events of the genocide, and the country after the genocide. The exhibit will run from Jan. 30 through Feb. 21, at the Museum of Anthropology Gallery on the University campus. Members of the media are invited to visit the exhibit and should contact DU Media Relations at (720) 608-0240 or dumediarelations@gmail.com for more information.

The exhibit highlights personal stories of survivors and witnesses from the Denver community through text and images.

"I remember very well when [my step-brother] came with a gun to shoot all of us. Even before the genocide you can't imagine how bad it was. That was how bad it was. How we experienced the racism. Somebody that you share the same father will come to kill you." –Alice, born and raised in Rwanda's capital

The exhibit is part of a larger University initiative, Rwanda 20 Years Ago Today, whose goal is to spark discussions to lead to the prevention of future genocides and create positive global impact. This initiative is led by the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law.

"We wanted to have discussions on what events and circumstances conspired in 1993 and 1994 to create conditions allowing Rwandans to kill their friends, neighbors and family members," said David Akerson, a lecturer at the Sturm College of Law. "We hope that an examination of the events leading up the genocide, some of which looked innocuous at the time, will help us to view current events in places like Syria with an appreciation for context."
Ermitte Saint Jacques, a lecturer and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology added that the exhibit and discussions conveys the University's commitment to engagement in the local community.

"We are grateful to have the collaboration of the Rwandan community so that we can properly and respectfully document this tragic event in history," said Saint Jaques.