Liberty University School of Law and the American Association of Christian Counselors will host a genocide symposium featuring speakers from government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other experts on the subject on Feb. 15 and 16.
Guests include Irving Roth, Holocaust survivor and director of the Holocaust Resource Center; Alphonsine Abia of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands; and the Honorable Jean de Dieu Mucyo, Executive Secretary to the National Commission on the Fight Against Genocide.
The symposium, titled “Genocide and Religious Persecution around the World,” will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 and will conclude at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 16. All sessions will be held in the School of Law’s Supreme Courtroom.
School of Law Dean Mat Staver said he hopes the event will raise awareness of the causes of genocide as well as how Christians can provide healing and help to genocide victims around the world.
“God created you and me in His image,” said Staver. “God has blessed us to live in a free country where we can change our laws to protect human life and has provided us the resources to help the persecuted. This genocide symposium will be life-changing.”
The symposium, which will include panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions, will examine the history of genocide and current outbreaks of genocide worldwide, and will also present prevention and coping strategies. Discussion topics include the Armenian genocide, the history of genocide, the impact of genocide on Africa, and the Holocaust. The PBS documentary “Ghosts of Rwanda” will also be shown.
During the event, a team of Liberty University students will be commissioned to travel to Rwanda where they will assist in grief and trauma intervention.