Paul Rusesabagina. A hotelier who saved 1,258 people from murder during the Rwandan Genocide (1994). I would only hope that I could have a tiny bit of the courage this soul has if faced with something as horrible as this...
Hotel Rwanda (2004) - Directed by Terry George - The true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
In 1994, Paul Rusesabagina, a manager for Sabena-owned hotels in the former Belgian territory of Rwanda, sheltered over 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus at the Hôtel des Mille Collines of Kigali, saving them from being slaughtered by the Interahamwe militia during the Rwandan genocide (this is depicted in the motion picture Hotel Rwanda).
Paul Rusesabagina sheltered over 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus to protect them from being murdered. He used his influence and connections as temporary manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines. “I don’t consider myself a hero. I consider myself as a normal person who did what he had to do, who has done his job.”
Paul Rusesabagina, dubbed by some the "Oskar Schindler of Africa," resisted the madness that surrounded him and quietly sheltered more than 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus within the walls of the luxury hotel he managed. Outside those hotel walls, mobs hunted down their victims and hacked them to death with machetes.
On October 31, 2005, Mr. Paul Rusesabagina helped present Partners In Health with the 2005 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize at a dinner ceremony at the BFM Building in Geneva, Switzerland. Pictured from left to right: Steven M. Hilton, Ophelia Dahl, Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Paul Rusesabagina.
Paul Rusesabagina.In the midst of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, when machete-wielding Hutu extremists murdered 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 100 days, Paul Rusesabagina turned the hotel he managed in Kigali, the country’s capital, into an oasis of safety. His actions, which saved the lives of 1,268 refugees, inspired the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, in which he was memorably portrayed by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle. But in his recently released memoir, An Ordinary Man, Rusesabagina rebuffs…