Posted by Sean Flynt on 2005-01-31

Photojournalist Kimberlee Acquaro and Rwandan genocide survivor Norah Bagarinkah will speak at Samford in two events on Thursday, February 3. The pair will speak in a convocation program in Reid Chapel at 10 a.m., and will take part in a question and answer session following a 7 p.m. showing of the gripping documentary film God Sleeps in Rwanda in Brock Forum.

Acquaro, whose work focuses on cultural, humanitarian, women's and family issues, co-directed the documentary, which explores how the 1994 Rwandan genocide affected the lives of the women and girls who survived. She has written and photographed for Time, Time for Kids, U.S. News and World Report, Washington Post Sunday Magazine and various nongovernmental organizations.

Acquaro has served as a jurist at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France, and currently serves on the staff of the Eddie Adams Photojournalism Workshop.

Bagarinkah is a women's rights advocate who has counseled other survivors of the Rwandan genocide and helped Rwandan judges understand the effects of rape as an instrument of the 1994 genocide.

Both events are free and open to the public.


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