Redditch Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 was on Saturday 27th January.

Holocaust Speaker - Carl Wilkens

As a humanitarian aid worker Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the Spring of 1990. In 1994 when extremist took over the government in Rwanda and started ordering ordinary citizens to kill the “enemy” -  their Tutsi neighbour - all foreign embassies evacuated their respective citizens. 

 However, a handful refused to leave, among them one American - Carl Wilkens. His harrowing, yet hopeful journey weaves together  stories of tremendous risk and fierce compassion, in the midst of the senseless slaughtering of 800,000 innocent people, known by many as the darkest 100 days of the 20th century.

For more than a decade Carl has been sharing stories around the globe with schools and faith communities, as well as civic and military groups. His storytelling does not stop with Rwanda's tragic history, but moves forward to the powerful and inspiring recovery process. Among the many lessons he shares from his experience during and after the Rwandan genocide is the transformative belief that we don't have to be defined by our worst actions, our worst choices. What we choose to do next is what defines us. Parts of his story are featured in the PBS Frontline documentary Ghosts of Rwanda.

Film Trailer: I'm Not Leaving - Trailer 

For more information see:  www.hmd.org.uk

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