Annual Assembly featuring Carl Wilkens

Iowa Division

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Location: Sabin Hall 2 (auditorium), University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa; 1 p.m.

The Annual Assembly, Iowa UNA's yearly members meeting, will feature the presentation of the Garst Awards and a keynote address from the only American to remain in Rwanda during the devastating genocide.   

As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American left. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds.  Carl returned to the United States in 1996 and was featured in the 2004 PBS Frontline documentary "Ghosts of Rwanda".  

For directions to the venue, please contact yashar@unaiowa.org.   

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