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Understanding why Paul Rusesabagina was a Hero during Rwandan Genocide – Lantos 2011 Award Videos

Watch these Lantos 2011 Award Videos to understand why Paul Rusesabagina was awarded the Lantos Human Rights Prize 2011.

Paul Rusesabagina’s heroic efforts to shelter those in harm’s way changed the life stories of more than 1,200 Rwandans.
- Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.

In the midst of unimaginable darkness, there is always room for a hero. Albeit reluctantly, Rusesabagina earned that distinction during the Rwandan Genocide. Using his position as manager of the Hôtel des Mille Collines, this self-described “ordinary man” used every stratagem and connection he could muster to shelter desperate refugees at his hotel, protecting them from the brutal slaughter occurring just outside the gates. What began as a quest to protect his family and a handful of neighbors quickly snowballed into a three-month ordeal that saved the lives of more than 1,200 Tutsis and Hutus.
- Katrina Lantos Swett.

[Lantos Foundation]

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1 yooreck { 11.20.11 at 11:20 am }

I always was impressed of Paul’s role in Mille Collines Hotel during the genocide in Rwanda. He is admired by folks all over the world.
All the best for him.

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