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Rwandan Genocide Survivor Shares His Story at USC

USC welcomed several keynote speakers as a part of its three day conference for advanced genocide research.

Yannick Tona was just a young child when his country was struck by genocide in 1994.

On Monday at USC's campus he came to speak as a part of the "USC Shoa Foundation and its Center for Advanced Genocide Research."

The three day conference that started on Sunday, includes key note speakers, Carla Garpedian, a former BBC anchor who directed an award winning documentary on Armenian genocide and Celina Biniaz, a Holocaust survivor.

ATVN had the opportunity to speak to Tona on set. Watch the video to learn what he had to say.


Rwanda genocide is a court-proven fact; Armenian genocide is a long-discredited political claim. Armenians took up arms against their own government, Rwandans did not. Armenians resorted to terrorism, revolts, treason, and territorial claims; Rwandans did not. Armenians were helped by foreign powers who coveted the territories of a collapsing empire Rwandans were helped by no one. Please, let the facts speak for themselves. Therefore, use the qualifier "alleged" before genocide for honesty and truth.

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