We invite you a special day event for Genocide Awareness
Pine Creek High School May 4, 2012
We would love to have community guests join us for a special presentation here at Pine Creek High School, Friday, May 4th . We will have two presentation times to offer opportunity for folks to join us. The first will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m., and the presentation will be repeated from 12:40-2:15. The event is free and open to the public.
If you’ve not seen the Rice Experience lesson, this is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss. This lesson is a powerful and moving demonstration of the massive numbers of people who have been lost to genocide in the past century and the power of the individual to stand up for justice and change. We equate one grain of rice to one individual person, and we use over 600 pounds of rice for the presentation.
During two points in the presentation, we have a very special opportunity to hear from a young genocide survivor, Justin, a Tutsi survivor from the Congo. He will be speaking about his personal story of survival and what he is doing now to preserve his culture. Justin is Banyamulenge, a term historically describing the ethnic Tutsi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His people are the most hunted tribe in all of Africa right now, with only 250,000 Banyamulenge remaining. The genocide that has been taking place the Congo has taken the lives of more than 6 million people in the past 10 years. His story is very powerful and motivating! He will inspire you to see the great power we all have to make a difference for those suffering right now. We will also have a discussion as a large group, which is one of the best parts of this whole experience as we build a community committed to global awareness and change.