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Frontier students learn about Rwanda genocide

HAMBURG — Frontier Central High School’s International Club and Buffalo for Africa recently held a joint meeting, during which students communicated via Skype™ with Carl Wilkens, the only American who chose to stay in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.

Wilkens is currently the director of the organization World Outside My Shoes. He was also the head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda. He has spent 13 years working in Africa and has a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore. He has written a book titled “I’m Not Leaving.”

Noah Bopp, the founder and director of The School for Ethics and Global Leadership, said, “Carl Wilkens is, hands down, the best speaker I have ever introduced to my students. He is inspiring, honest, kind, compassionate and genuine. He is an extraordinary, riveting storyteller. Most of all, he will gently challenge you to examine your life and your connections with others.’’

Wilkens spoke to Frontier students about the causes of the genocide, what he witnessed and how Rwanda is thriving today.

For more information about Wilkens’ work, visit

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