The Religious Affiliation of
heroic hotelier who saved people from genocide in Rwanda
Paul Rusesabagina was the hotel assistant manager who sheltered over 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus from being slaughtered by the Interahamwe militia during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Paul Rusesabagina's heroic actions were directly responsible for saving hundreds of lives, at considerable risk to his own life. Paul Rusesabagina was portrayed by Don Cheadle in an Oscar-nominated role in the movie Hotel Rwanda (2004).
Paul Rusesabagina was a Seventh-day Adventist, and his humanitarian actions reflected the teachings and strong emphasis on ethical living espoused by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. One of the leaders of the Rwandan genocide was Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, the leader of all Seventh-day Adventists in Rwanda. Thus, ironically, Paul Rusesabagina's own ecclesiastial leader was one of the leaders of the genocide which he so valiantly opposed.