Rwanda Commemoration Project: Genocide In Our Time

Press Release Template

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In Memoriam: One Million Dead
Organization Remembers Rwanda, 10 Years After Genocide, Event Date

Contact:   Name, Organization, Phone

WHO:      Sponsoring Group or Organization

WHAT:    Commemorating Ten-Year Anniversary of Genocide in Rwanda

WHEN:    Time, Day, Date

WHERE:  Organization Name, Address

     WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 18, 2004) - Organization Name will host a Event to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the brutal killing of one million men, women and children as a result of genocide and ethnic cleansing in Rwanda. The event will be held from time, day, date, in Room Number, Address. INSERT SHORT DESCRIPTION OF EVENT.

    In April 1994, the death of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana in a plane crash sparked a well-planned and systematic 100-day slaughter of nearly one million Tutsi men, women and children at the hands of the majority Hutu tribe. The world watched in horror-but in stunning silence-as the faces of one million Rwandans floated by in rivers and as bodies were piled along roadsides, in schools and in stadiums. Survivors were left to wonder what had happened and why no one was there to help them.

    In the years since this travesty, evidence has emerged that shows that policymakers in Europe, the United States and the United Nations were aware of the impending genocide, but made a conscious decision to not intervene. Later, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said to Rwandan survivors, "We will not deny that, in their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda."

    The tenth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide provides an opportunity to reflect on the universal goal of preventing genocide and to use the lessons learned to work toward a day when it will truly be a nightmare of the past.

    To arrange to attend the event or for other media assistance, contact Name, at 202-000-0000 or e-mail: