'Hotel Rwanda' manager who saved 1,200 from massacre to speak at U-M

Mar 23, 2014

ANN ARBOR – The man credited with saving more than 1,200 people during the Rwandan genocide will speak this week at the University of Michigan as part of a 20th anniversary commemoration of the slaughter.

Paul Rusesabagina's talk is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the Rackham Graduate School.

Rusesabagina gave refuge to Tutsis and moderate Hutus at the hotel he managed during the 100-day massacre that killed more than 500,000 in 1994. Those sheltered by Rusesabagina – a Hutu – included his Tutsi wife and children.

His story inspired the 2004 film, "Hotel Rwanda," which will be screened Monday evening in the Ford School of Public Policy's Annenberg Auditorium.

Other university events are planned. The commemoration is known globally as "Kwibuka20," referring to the word for "remember" in Rwanda's Kinyarwanda language.