Our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who died in this tragic crash. ~ DS
Updated: 2.14. 09
[Note: replaced video Aug. 8, 2010]
February 13, 2009 MSNBC Keith Olbermann
Sent to DS from Roxanne (http://www.spiritmorphstudio.com/):
Rachel Fix Dominguez is collecting memories of Alison Des Forges to include in a book for the family. Please send me a message with your thoughts.
Members of the Bennett Park Montessori Center community will also be contributing. We want to compile something for Roger, Sandy, Jessie and the rest of the family. Please feel free to forward my e-mail address (email@example.com) to anyone else who might want to contribute.
Long or short, whatever you prefer. Members of the Bennett Park Montessori Center community will also be contributing. We want to compile something for Roger, Sandy, Jessie and the rest of the family. Please feel free to forward my e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to anyone else who might want to contribute.
Don’t worry what you write …Don’t worry if short (a sentence or two) or seems less profound than you think it should be. Alison touched so many people in so many ways- we want to hear about French classes, Social Studies lectures, hanging out at the Des Forges’ house, etc.
02.13.09 – 11:19 PM
Human Rights Activist Alison Des Forges Dies in Buffalo Plane Crash
by Abby Zimet
Historian Alison Des Forges, 66, a prominent human rights advocate who documented genocide in Rwanda, was one of 50 people killed in Thursday’s Continental Airlines crash near Buffalo. Kenneth Roth, president of Human Rights Watch, said Des Forges, “epitomized the human rights activist – principled, dispassionate, committed to the truth and to using that truth to protect ordinary people.”
For her award-winning book, “Leave None To Tell the Story, Des Forges spent four years interviewing victims and organizers of the 1994 genocide that killed some 800,000 people in 100 days. Des Forges argued that the genocide was not a spontaneous eruption of ancient tribal hatreds but a carefully orchestrated effort by the government that seized power in Rwanda in 1994.
Des Forges was also an authority on human rights violations in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and had testified as an expert witness at many genocide trials. She worked as a senior adviser to Human Rights Watch’s Africa division.
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