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A panel discussion on the history and current situation in Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be presented as part of Holocaust Education Week, on Sunday November 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue.
As tension and violence rise in Burundi, and violence continues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a question arises: who is responsible and is this just another ethnic conflict that the West will watch and whinge about? What part does Paul Kagame, the brutal dictator of Rwanda, play in the region? And why is there very little attention given to the genocide in the DRC where more than six million people have been killed since 1998 and over one million women and girls have been raped?
Nakanyike Musisi is an Associate Professor teaching African History at the University of Toronto. She specializes in East African History and African Women’s history. She is the former Director of Makerere Institute of Social Research in Uganda. She is the co-editor with Jean Allman and Susan Geiger of Women in African Colonial Histories and co-author of Decentralisation and Transformation of Governance in Uganda with Delius Asiimwe.
Andrew Lyons is Professor Emeritus in Anthropology at Wilfrid Laurier University. His doctoral thesis focused on the rise and fall of scientific racism.
Gerald Bareebe is a Trudeau Scholar and PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. Before starting his doctoral studies, Bareebe was a national political reporter at the Daily Monitor, Uganda’s largest and most influential independent newspaper. His PhD research is focused on the role of military in post-civil war state reconstruction, regime legitimation and nation-building in Uganda and Rwanda.
Maurice Carney is co-founder and Executive Director of Friends of the Congo. He has worked with the Congolese for two decades in their struggle for peace, justice, and human dignity. Carney served as the interim Africa Working Group coordinator for Jesse Jackson while Jackson was Special Envoy to Africa. Carney has worked as a research analyst for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington D.C. and as a research consultant for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Maurice Carney will appear via Skype.