Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Taylor Krauss
Speaking for those who have no voice. It's a provocative idea that Taylor Krauss, founder of Voices of Rwanda, wants to tap into. According to him, "Recording individual testimonies is a moral imperative."

Krauss is the 27-year-old force behind Voices of Rwanda, which is dedicated to recording and preserving the oral history of Rwandans to inform the world about the genocide and to inspire a sense of citizen responsibility to prevent human-rights atrocities. Filming takes place in the United States and Rwanda. Some fiercely emotional interviews, Krauss says, last longer than eight hours.

The goal of Voices of Rwanda is to turn the video archives into an educational resource for journalists, historians, academics, psychologists, artists and activists. The testimonies will be used in curriculums at high schools across the United States and will also be available to museums, schools and other learning institutions around the world. That way, many Rwandan men, women and children will be given not only a voice in history but also an audience to hear it.

Update: Watch the CNN.com Live Video interview
Taylor: An excellent source of information (and inspiration)for your project would be Celestin Musekura, Founder & President of African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries, Inc. See www.alarm-inc.org for more information on this amazing voice of Rwanda.
Taylor Krauss
I went to high school with you.
Just wanted to say that I appreciate what you are doing more than words can say.
If there is anything I can do to help from here in Los Angeles drop me a line @ drbloodmoney@hotmail.com
I would love to help if I can.
Hope all is great in your life.
Keep up the good work.
Mike Laza
BCP '97
I am elated to hear what you are doing Taylor! Stepping in to capture the untold and unheard stories of the beautiful people of Rwanda. The world turned their backs on them for too long...it is time to listen and see what they have to teach and offer us. I just returned from taking my 3 daughters 11, 8 and 6 years to Rwanda - so they can experience for themselves the spirit of Rwanda - they fell in love.
Would you tell us a little more about what the interviews are like, and how you go about filming them? They sound really intense.
Taylor - How do you go about choosing the people you are interviewing? Was there certain criteria they had to meet, were they referred to you, etc.? Hats off to you. This is really an exemplary feat you are taking on.
How can people help voices of Rwanda?
Good job cousin, I am proud of you and excited for your footage. It all looks real good, and great job in the interview.
There is more information about Voices of Rwanda and how to contribute to the organization's work at the website www.VoicesofRwanda.org!
It's so innovative and clever that Voices of Rwanda allows donors to sponsor individual interviews and truly feel like a part of this important endeavor. I encourage everyone to visit http://www.voicesofrwanda.org/ and make at least a small contribution to help extend the reach of Voices of Rwanda. I did.
I am a genocide survivor from Rwanda. I cannot stress enough how important this project is to me and other survivors. This project is by far our only alternative to preserve our history in a way that will allow future generations to know from our own words how we grew up, survived and lived side by side with those who chased us with machetes. Hopefully, they will also hear and see the killers speak of the crimes they comitted, which will help to fight those who have already began to claim that the genocide never happened.
This project is special, please support Taylor if you can.
Taylor, thank you so much for seeing what many people couldn't see, and hearing what many more missed.
Beautiful inside and out.
This ceretainly is the great mission. Rwanda is repeatedly getting highlighted in media and like. But we haven't seen any discernible action from international community to resolve the conflict there. The answer is simple. We have our own problems in our backyard to grapple with. So, no matter how muchever attention it grabs, it would not result in the resolution of the problem until and otherwise, people in the region make a concerted effort to fight the sources of conflict in their own indigeneous ways.
Just read in Guideposts a story of a genocide survivor Immaculee Iligagiza. She is now living in the US... you may want to contact her about her story. She has a book, Left to Tell. You can visit her at: lefttotell.com

best to you.
I am a French Canadian living in Chicago who just returned from Rwanda where I heard countless stories and visited many memorial sites, both official and unofficial (put together by villagers). I was touched by the story of Rwanda before visiting and my trip only solidified my resolve to do something. I'm glad you are doing something and giving the survivors a voice. Bringing their stories to life is something that will last forever. Their legacy is important in not repeating the mistakes of standing on the sidelines as an international community.
Again, merci. Murakoze.
Just a word of encouragement from one of your newer friends and fans. Keep up the good work!
Kyle Kiser
Fort Worth, TX
An incredibly important project for the world. You're just the man to handle something that requires the technical, emotional and spiritual rigor that comes from a project of this importance and magnitude. You are giving voices to those that through what can only be called gross negligence and truly shameless policy, have been let down time and time again by governments that could have done something about these horrors. I truly hope we listen to these stories and learn from them.

Scott Jeffries
Phoenix, Arizona

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