6pm - 8pm
Museum After Dark
Stories of Hope: From Rwanda to America
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County.
Jocelyn Boryczka, Associate Professor of Politics at Fairfield University and the Faculty Chair of Service Learning, will moderate a discussion with siblings Daniel Trust (Ndamwizeye) and Evelyn Mukasonga. Daniel and Evelyn, refugees from the genocide in Rwanda, will share their experiences of hope and survival amidst the brutal massacre of the Tutsi people in the 1990’s and reflect on establishing new roots in Connecticut.
The Rwandan Civil War escalated in 1994 after the assassination of Hutu dictator Juvénal Habyarimana. The reigning Hutu government turned the assassination into an excuse for genocide. The Hutu ethnic majority swiftly and brutally began killing the Tutsi population, with nearly 800,000 dead and millions displaced.
Daniel Trust is an international speaker, social entrepreneur and youth advocate. He is the Founder, President and CEO of the Daniel Trust Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization that invests in and supports low-income students with their educational and professional goals.
Evelyne Mukasonga manages African Family Synergy in Bridgeport, CT. The organization, created in 2006, is a volunteer-operated non-profit whose mission is to provide help, assistance and resources to disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and families, including African refugees, through direct services, sustainable community development and advocacy.