Welcome to San Antonio

by Marilou Long on November 14, 2009

in Recommended Reading,Tribute

Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero portrayed by Don Cheadle in the movie “Hotel Rwanda”, and his wife Taciana have recently moved to San Antonio.  This Express-News front page article written by Jennifer R. Lloyd is a must read.  The following excerpt from the article is chilling:

But the soldiers soon discovered many of Rusesabagina’s family were Tutsi and therefore considered enemies of the state. He spent the next two hours negotiating with the soldiers to keep his family and neighbors alive.

After negotiating, Rusesabagina went to the hotel’s safe and paid off the soldiers.

“I was very much scared,” he said. “But that day, I learned one of the most important lessons I have learned in my life. I have learned how to deal with evil. I had just crossed eyes with evil for some hours. I think that lesson helped me throughout the whole genocide.”

Evil does exist; there is no other word that describes the wanton destruction of innocent life.

Please welcome the Rusesabaginas to San Antonio.

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