Rusesabagina served as manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines in Kigali and bravely risked his life to shelter 1,268 Hutus and Tutsis who were seeking refuge from the genocide that killed more than 800,000 people. His popular autobiography, An Ordinary Man, was published in April 2006.
Today Rusesabagina tours the world In order to further the mission of his foundation, speaking about social justice, human rights activism and the lessons learned from the Rwandan genocide, one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century. He speaks to journalists, educators, students, policymakers, business leaders and human rights advocates throughout Europe and the United States. Rusesabagina describes his experiences during the horrific genocide, the terror and the helplessness of the people he sheltered, and the ways in which governments, non-governmental organizations and ordinary people can work together to prevent genocide throughout the world.
The Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation www.hrrfoundation.org raises public awareness about the need for an internationally administered Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. The Foundation also works on issues related to the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where more than 6 million have died. The Foundation is campaigning for an end to Rwandan military intervention in the Congo and against all human rights violations and atrocities in the region, including the deadly exploitation of conflict minerals.