Beyond Surviving: Healing, Rebuilding and Empowering Survivors of the Rwanda Genocide

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Story provided to WBTV by Jeremy Gardner: From September 5 - 7, 2014, Salisbury City Councilwoman and Architect Karen Alexander will participate in an international conference to provide leadership training for Rwandan Genocide survivors in North America. She is accompanied by Dr. Racelle Weiman, the Vice President of the Genocide Survivors Support Network (GSSN) and faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, as well as Livingstone College student Mr. Victor Nayi. Mrs. Alexander and Dr. Weiman are speakers while Mr. Nayi will be a participant.

"Beyond Surviving: Healing, Rebuilding and Empowering Survivors of the Rwanda Genocide" will be the first intensive international conference of its kind to train the child survivors and gather experts from the United States Department of Justice, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for the Prevention of Genocide, the Center from Justice and Accountability out of San Francisco, the Dialogue Institute of Temple University, the Survivors Fund of the United Kingdom, and others who are experts on the topic.

Topics that the participants will engage in are: the Management of the Impact of the Genocide on the First and Second Generation, Understanding Justice through the Eyes of the Survivor, and Memorialization and Preservation of the Memory of the Genocide.

GSSN is responsible for Victor Nayi coming to Livingstone College, and providing a secure academic environment, for the mutual benefit of both the community and the individual.

The conference is taking place in Springfield, New York. The final day of the program will include a VIP tour and discussion at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

For more information, please contact Jeremy Gardner at 704-642-0071 or at