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Rwandan to speak



Published: Sat, October 14, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The woman lost several family members in the genocide.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A survivor of the Rwandan genocide in Africa will visit the Youngstown State University campus this month as a YSU scholar-in-residence.

At least 500,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu tribesmen were killed in Rwanda over a three-month period in 1994 in attacks that were seen as being organized as part of a power struggle in that country.

Justine Mbabazi and her children survived the genocide by hiding in a cave, but Mbabazi's mother was not so lucky - she died in hiding. Mbabazi also lost her first husband, father and seven of her eight siblings in the massacre.

She will be on the YSU campus Wednesday through Oct. 24 to share her experience with the Youngstown community as she serves as a scholar-in-residence through YSU's Judaic and Holocaust Studies Program.

Free presentations

Free public presentations are scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Kilcawley Center's Ohio Room and at noon Oct. 24 in Kilcawley Center's Chestnut Room.

Mbabazi also will meet with YSU students, faculty, staff and community members, and she will visit a Youngstown high school.

After the genocide, Mbabazi earned a doctorate in law and a master's in gender studies and became a leader in the women's movement in her home country of Rwanda. She drafted the first Rwandan legislation against gender-based violence and is a former country director of the American Bar Association in Rwanda. She is training female attorneys in Afghanistan.




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