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Rwandan genocide symposium planned

A symposium on the Rwandan genocide, which took an estimated 800,000 lives in 100 days in 1994, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Thursday in 120 Clemens Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst. It is free and open to the public.

Speakers will include Francois-Xavier Nsanzuwera, a prosecutor who convicted some of those responsible for the killing; Rwandan author Aimable Twagilimana, currently a professor at SUNY Buffalo State; and Jean-Paul Kimonyo, current senior policy adviser to Rwanda’s president.

It will be followed by a Scholarship Fund Dinner and Discussion at 6:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Executive Development Center, formerly the Butler Mansion, 672 Delaware Ave. at North Street. Reservations are required.

The two events will honor the memory of historian and human rights activist Alison L. Des Forges, one of the world’s leading experts on Rwanda, who died in the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in 2009.

Contributions of $100 or more to the Alison Des Forges Memorial Fund are recommended. For reservations and donations, call Helene Kramer at 866-3876 or email

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