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"Rwanda: Scenes From A Genocide" At Fayerweather Gallery

 

October 26, 2001-- WHO: Ryann Collins, U.Va. government major and photographer

WHAT: Photo Exhibit: "Rwanda: Scenes from a Genocide"

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Nov. 11

Opening Reception, Friday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Hotweather Gallery in Fayerweather Hall, Rugby Road

The photographs of Rwanda on display in the University of Virginia’s Fayerweather Hall tell the story of the country’s 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 people perished in only 100 days. Deemed a ‘tribal conflict’ by much of the western world, little was done to stop the killing, and the Hutu majority successfully waged a war of terror on their Tutsi minority compatriots.

Seven years later the genocide is almost forgotten by most of the world. Fourth-year foreign affairs major Ryann Collins spent the spring semester of last year as an intern with the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda prosecution team, which arrests and tries major architects of the genocide in an internationally administered court. Her research was funded by a Harrison Undergraduate Research Grant and will be the subject of her honors thesis.

During her time in Rwanda, Collins visited genocide sites, interviewed witnesses for the trials and traveled extensively through the country. Her photos give a glimpse not only of the devastation wreaked in 1994, but the aftermath Rwandans live with today.

The McIntire Department of Art's Hotweather Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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