As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government.
Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl sent his family out with an American convoy and was the only American to remain in the country. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds.
Carl Wilken’s determination to protect his friends who were mostly Tutsi does not end there. Please join the Museum on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Carl Wilkens’ full story.
Carl Wilkens says his eyewitness story of what happened in Rwanda in 1994 is not about genocide. He says, “It is about choices people made, actions people took, courage people showed, and sacrifices people gave in the face of genocide.”
Carl Wilkens is currently the Director of World Outside My Shoes. Carl Wilkens is the former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda. Admission is $5 for teachers, students and DHM/CET members; $20 for non-members; $10 for members; FREE for Circle of Remembrance-level members of the DHM.