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UNI to host films and presentations on genocide and civil war in the Congo

March 17, 2011

Stephen Gaies, director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, 319-273-3870,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Those living in the Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa have been victims of mass atrocities, crimes against humanity and genocide. The University of Northern Iowa will host a presentation on bringing justice to the Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in Room 109 in the Curris Business Building.

The presentation by Rwandan genocide and civil war survivor Claude Gateburke, the executive director and co-founder of the African Great Lakes Action Network, and Kambale Musavuli, a Congolese activist who serves as student coordinator and spokesperson for the Washington, D.C.-based organization Friends of the Congo, will discuss strategies for producing positive and lasting change in the heart of Africa.

There will also be a screening of the films "Fighting the Silence: Sexual Violence Against Women in Congo" and "Weapon of War: Confessions of a Rape in Congo" at 7 p.m., Wednesday April 6, in Room 115 Seerley Hall. These films discuss the use of sexual violence as a tool of war in the Congo and the efforts to combat it.

Brandon Long, president of UNI-STAND, the UNI chapter of the international student anti-genocide coalition, says, "With more casualties than any conflicts since World War II, sexual violence used on an unprecedented scale and the conscription of child soldiers at an astonishing rate, this region demands the attention of as many people as possible."

These events are funded by UNI-STAND and are co-sponsored by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephen Gaies, director, UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, at 319-273-3870 or