Hillary Clinton to honor two people who saved lives during Rwanda Genocide

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

By Robert Mugabe

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, will tomorrow honor six individuals who put their lives on the line to rescue or provide refuge to other individuals during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

As Rwanda sets to begin the commemoration of Genocide on April 07, the US State Department will hold a video conference to mark 60th anniversary of the UN refuge convention one day before.

According to the statement from the United States Embassy in Kigali, video conference is part of a series of events planned by the U.S. government to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention in June.  U.S. embassies in Kigali, Dakar (Senegal), and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) will participate in the video conference.

”Secretary Clinton selected Josephine Dusabimana, who persisted in her rescue efforts in the face of overwhelming odds, and Mbaye Diagne, the Senegalese peacekeeper, to represent the many people who performed heroic deeds at great peril to themselves,” the statement emailed to Great Lakes Voice reads.

As part of this event, the Secretary of State will honor six individuals who put their lives on the line to rescue or provide refuge to other individuals.

Two out of the six honorees have a connection to the Genocide in Rwanda.

The Senegalese peacekeeper Capt. Mbaye was killed during the genocide when a mortar shell landed next to his jeep while on a peace mission. Capt Mbaye was last year awarded posthumously by Rwanda the ‘campaign against genocide medal’ for having saved many lives as he worked as a military observer under UNAMIR.



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