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Paul Rusesabagina 1954

the hotel manager who rescued one thousand two hundred people from the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda

Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina is known as the african “Schindler”. He’s courageous acts have inspired the acknowledged movie “Hotel Rwanda”. During the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda in 1994, this brave-heart manager saved 1.268 hiding them in the Belgian four stars hotel managed by him. In his modesty, he does not accept the hero label: “I have simply helped those people, I had the responsibility. Unfortunately facts were worse than those portrayed in the movie. Movies need a special flavor in order to be served to the public.” In was one of those bloodshed events that western saw on TV during meals.
Paul adds: “The world has abandoned us, may be because there’s no oil in Rwanda. The international Community has not received our appeals: 2,000 american on the ground leaved undefended people to their terrible fate, to the most rapid and furious massacre of the modern era; even the media had no time to record one hundred days where one million people died.
Today the massacres are to be found in Sudan, Congo and Ciad; but we have to face the truth, Africa must save itself by its own forces.
This movie must appoint to each one his responsibilities and give back the confidence lost in people. In Rwanda, still we have winners and losers who are not gable to sit and discuss.
This an extraordinary story of a common man.

Exemplary figures

in the Rwandan Genocide

A characteristic of the Rwandan Genocide is the brief amount of time in which it took place, one million deaths in 100 days, it was preceded by an genocidal intention and planning that only some people understood and denounced, like Antonia Locatelli and André Sibomana. Particularly serious are the institutional responsibilities of the UN, that recognized the genocidal actions but responded to them late. 


Those who in this contemporary context knew to respond with actions to help, rescue, and supportive attitudes are much more worthy of consideration and respect, as they disconnected themselves from a crowd of people that, being directly involved, did not know or want to act and react.