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Pastor Carl Wilkens

Carl Wilkens is the former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda. In 1994, he was the only American who chose to remain in the country after the genocide began. His choice to stay and try to help resulted in preventing the massacre of hundreds of children over the course of the genocide.

Pastor Wilkens was featured in Frontline’s “Ghosts of Rwanda” and “The Few Who Stayed: Defying Genocide,” an American Radio Works documentary which aired on National Public Radio. His humanitarian work has been recognized with several awards including the Digitas Humana Award from Saint John’s School of Theology Seminary and a 2005 Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Mr. Wilkens’ story reminds us of the profound connection between history and the moral choices we face each day. It also arms us with new insights into the fight against genocide and crimes against humanity.