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'Hotel Rwanda' hero to visit campus

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 30, 2005) -- Eleven years ago, as nearly a million Rwandans became the victims of genocide by their own government in a period of only 100 days, one man managed to save more than 1,200 men, women and children from certain death.

Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager whose story inspired the 2004 film "Hotel Rwanda" starring Don Cheadle as Rusesabagina, is set to speak at Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. His talk is titled "Hotel Rwanda: a lesson yet to be learned."

Rusesabagina used his hotel, the Hotel des Mille Collines, to shelter the thousands of Tutsis who were being hunted by a group of Hutu extremists known as Interahamwe. The struggle ended after a Tutsi rebel movement, called the Rwandese Patriotic Front, overthrew the Hutu government and seized power.

Co-sponsored by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, the International Student Union and the University Program Council (UPC), the event is free and open to the public.

If you have not yet seen the film, there will be a free showing on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m., also in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. For more information, contact the UPC Hotline at (740) 593-4060.

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