Anaise and Carine Kanimba are the adopted daughters of Paul Rusesabagina, the humanitarian famous for saving 1,200 refugees during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, whose true story was told in the 2004 film, Hotel Rwanda. Since then, he’s published the autobiography, “An Ordinary Man” in 2006 and has received many humanitarian and civil rights awards, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 from President George W. Bush. Now Paul Rusesabagina, who angered the Rwandan government with his pointed criticism from exile in the years after the genocide, has gone on trial in a prosecution that has drawn broad international condemnation. In August 2020, he was seen in handcuffs in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, with no explanation from authorities as to how he had come to be there. Rusesabagina faces 13 charges including terrorism, complicity in murder, and forming an armed rebel group. He is facing trial with 20 alleged rebel fighters. In this conversation with Anaise and Carine, we discuss the current trials and how we can help free Paul Rusesabagina.
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