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Video: Survivors Mark Anniversary Of Rwandan Genocide

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Kazito Kalima is the founder of the Peace Center for Forgiveness & Reconciliation in Indianapolis. He came to Indiana on a basketball scholarship after his family was killed during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which left hundreds of thousands of people dead. Kazito Kalima still carries horrific memories of that time, and he shared them at a symposium.

The event was called "Learning from Past: Our Obligation to Prevent Genocide and Strive for Sustainable Peace." It marked the genocide against the Tutsi people; estimates of the death toll range from 500,000 to 1 million people.

The event, held earlier this year, was hosted by Notre Dame Law School, the Rwandan American Community of the Midwest and The Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation -- an Indianapolis organization that Kalima founded. 

Video by WFYI's Aric Hartvig 

Read more: How a Rwandan refugee struggled to recieve mental health treatment after settling in the U.S.