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Daniel Krieger

 A Mock Trial Over Genocide, Meant to Help Students Face History

On a Wednesday morning in spring, at the Bronx Hall of Justice, Augustin Bizimungu, the former Rwandan army chief, was being grilled by a prosecutor over his role in the Rwandan genocide. He was denying his involvement, but the prosecutor pressed him about his inconsistencies.

Luckily for him, the stakes at this second trial were much lower than his first, which resulted in a 30-year prison sentence handed down just last year by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

In fact, all that really hung in the balance was a grade, since the trial was being conducted by a class of sophomores from the Facing History School, a small high school on West 50th Street in Manhattan.


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