Five Rwandan college-aged students are bringing their debates and stories from their 2016 iDebate Rwanda U.S. Tour: Voices from Post Genocide Generation to St. Cloud State University and the St. Cloud City Council Chambers Sept. 27-29.
The iDebate Rwanda team will present on the proposition “In the aftermath of genocide, forgiveness is more important than justice,” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Ritsche Auditorium at St. Cloud State. Three students on the St. Cloud State debate team will be involved on both sides of the debate.
President Ashish Vaidya will make introductory remarks at the event.
The Rwandan group will share their stories of Rwandans before, during and after the genocide from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the St. Cloud City Council Chambers.
The presentation will be followed by a light reception catered by African Yen.
Both events will have a question and answer session after the presentations, and are free and open to the public.
In the 1994 Rwandan genocide, one million innocent lives were taken in 100 days between two ethnic groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis. The victims of the genocide had no choice but to return to live in the same communities with those that killed their family and friends. After 22 years, the country that was once known for murder and destruction is now known for hope and peace.