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Paul Rusesabagina, subject of "Hotel Rwanda," to Speak at YLS, Feb. 21

Paul Rusesabagina, whose actions were depicted in the film "Hotel Rwanda," will give a lecture titled "Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to Be Learned," on Monday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m., in the Yale Law School Auditorium. Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh will introduce Rusesabagina. The talk is free and open to the public.

Ten years ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness, Paul Rusesabagina made a promise to protect his family -- and found the courage to save more than 1,200 people.

Amidst the horrific ethnic violence, with Hutus killing their neighbor Tutsis, Rusesabagina turned the hotel he managed into a sanctuary for the persecuted. While 800,000 people were killed in just a few months in Rwanda, Rusesabagina kept his wife (who was Tutsi) and three children safe, along with the refugees in his hotel.

Rusesabagina will speak about his experience, his ongoing support of Rwanda, the genocide in Darfur, and current issues in international humanitarian aid.

The talk is co-sponsored by Afro-American Cultural Center, Yale Law School, Saybrook College, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights, Yale International Relations Association, African Studies Department, The Media Arts Endowment of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, Student National Medical Association at Yale School of Medicine, Yale African Student Association, Dwight Hall, Yale School of Nursing, and Orphans of Rwanda (non-profit organization).