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An Evening with Carl Wilkins

Teens, Adults, Seniors Closed 11/29/2017 12/8/2017 6:30:00 PM

As a humanitarian aid worker Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the Spring of 1990. In 1994 when extremist took over the government in Rwanda and started ordering ordinary citizens to kill the “enemy”—their Tutsi neighbors—all foreign embassies evacuated their respective citizens. However, a handful refused to leave, among them one American—Carl Wilkens. His harrowing, yet hopeful journey weaves together  stories of tremendous risk and fierce compassion, in the midst of the senseless slaughtering of 800,000 innocent people, known by many as the darkest 100 days of the 20th century.

For more than a decade Carl has been sharing stories around the globe with schools and faith communities, as well as civic and military groups. His storytelling does not stop with Rwanda’s tragic history, but moves forward to the powerful and inspiring recovery process. Among the many lessons he shares from his experience during and after the Rwandan genocide is the transformative belief that we don’t have to be defined by what we lost or our worst choices—we can be defined by what we do with what remains, what we do after the terrible choices. Carl’s book -  I’m Not Leaving - is based on 9 hours of cassette recording her made for his wife and children during the genocide.

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