A group of 20 SMU students, faculty and staff are in Rwanda in August 2012 with SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program. After the African country’s 1994 civil war, in which as many as a million people were killed in 100 days, “history lives on,” says group leader and program director Rick Halperin. The SMU group are helping in the healing process by sharing donated books and classroom and medical supplies with schools and orphanages. They also are visiting genocide sites and meeting with survivors.
SMU Embrey Human Rights students, staff and faculty at Urukundo Village and Learning Center An update from Dr. Vicki L. Hill, Assistant Dean for the University Curriculum: I'm going to be struggling with what I learned and thought about in Rwanda for a long, long time. I saw what I hope is the most horrible thing I will ever see in my entire life, and I experienced moments of pure joy and affirmation. History's most efficient genocide occurred just over 18 years ago, with as many as 1 million people systematically murdered in less than 100 days. Rick Halperin, director of SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program, says starkly and simply: "Every adult with whom we interact in Rwanda is [...]