… we’ve got to recognize in each one of us, there’s such a potential for good
and there’s such a potential for evil….
– Carl Wilkens
If you were in Rwanda in 1994 at the start of the genocide that killed 800,000 people in 100 days, and you were given the opportunity to be evacuated out to safety, you’d get out, right? Certainly most people would. Then there’s Carl Wilkens, the only U.S. citizen that stayed. He got his family to safety and chose to stay believing he might be able to help, perhaps even save lives, and indeed he did.
I love listening to Carl tell the stories of what it was like because they are so humanizing. And his perspective on genocide is that:
Genocide stems from thinking that says,
“My world would be better without you in it! You and your kind!”
When we first realized we needed to organize a fundraiser to benefit next year’s pilot launch of Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees in San Diego, we thought of Carl right away. Who better to speak of the way our humanity desperately needs healing in order to come together?
We are thrilled to be able to feature him in this way and we really want you to be there. If you have never heard him speak, just know that being able to hear Carl is an absolute “must” in life. And if you have heard him before, you already know why you need to hear him again : )
Eyewitness to Genocide: The Journey of Carl Wilkens — An event to highlight trauma, refugees and recovery will take place on Sunday November 3rd in Newport Beach. It’s time to put it on your calendar and buy your tickets.
All details are below.
Founder & Executive Director, Living Ubuntu
[Ubuntu] n. Every human being truly becomes a human by means of relationships with other human beings.
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Eyewitness to Genocide: The Journey of Carl Wilkens
An event to highlight trauma, refugees & recovery
Carl Wilkens, former head of Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) in Rwanda, was the only American to remain in Rwanda when the genocide began in 1994.
“I can still hear very clearly the sound of hoes thwacking into the earth… the men swinging them were not gardening, they were digging up mass graves…
Take a moment to try and put yourself in the shoes of the family members and friends who had loved ones taken from them. Surviving is more than just staying alive; surviving is learning how to live again.
Sunday, November 3 2013
St. Mark Presbyterian
2200 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Silent auction ✶ Great food ✶ Community booths
This event will benefit our project Trauma Recovery for East African Refugees.
Find out more at http://livingubuntu.org/events
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