STAND brings Rwandan genocide survivor Emmanuel Habimana to speak April 7 at UHC

By Terry Fear

UHC will once again welcome the community to its sanctuary when the Terre Haute South Vigo High School STAND club presents guest speaker and Rwandan genocide survivor Emmanuel Habimana, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Temple.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, when members of the Hutu majority murdered some 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority.

The event is part of #TogetherWeRemember, an “annual international campaign to transform remembrance into action to end identity-based violence for all humanity.”

The movement is “dedicated to giving those affected by genocide the right to memory, justice, healing and safe refuge.”

Terre Haute South students founded group in 2007

STAND began in 2004 in Washington, D.C., as Students Taking Action Now: Darfur and is an international student-led movement with a mission to “empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and end mass atrocities.”

Terre Haute South students founded the local chapter in 2007 after reading Elie Wiesel’s Holocaust memoir Night.

Terre Haute South students founded the local chapter in 2007 after reading Elie Wiesel’s holocaust memoir “Night”.

The club has produced hundreds of alumni, some still active in STAND at the college level, while about 30 students currently participate at THS.

Members design a T-shirt each year to sell as a fundraiser and participate in events at CANDLES Holocaust Museum & Education Center and throughout the community. They promote political action by calling members of Congress to lobby for legislation to alleviate humanitarian crises.

Ms. Peggy Grabowski and Ms. Jamie Luna-Shatz are the co-sponsors of STAND at Terre Haute South.

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