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. r 0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Peace Continued from page 1 lief agencies, issued an appeal for humanitarian assistance. Relief workers said as many as 500,000 Rwandans had been massacred in the country since the fighting began April 6. Between 1.5 million and 2 million of Rwanda's 8 million people have been displaced. The killings have been on such a scale that thousands of bodies have washed up on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria after drifting more than 60 miles down the Kagera River. Uganda declared a disaster area in three shore districts on May 22. A statement issued by President Yoweri Museveni's office said between 10,000 and 40,000 bodies had washed into Lake Victoria. Among the victims of the slaughter was a Rwandan Francisan, Brother Georges Gashugi, a member of the Tutsi ethnic group who was preparing to be among the first group of Rwandan Franciscans to make solemn vows. He was killed April 18 after First Communion at Precious Blood Members of the First Communion class at Precious Blood Church, Jasper, include, first row, Zachary Voegerl, Jerry Robling, Greg Messmer, Ahby Sander, Jordan Teder, Eliza- beth Campbell, Branon Buechlein, Eric Huther, second row, Eric Bailey, Stuart Fuhs, Jay Rumbach, Cole Seger, Nick Giesler, Ross Merder, Mark Matthew Paar, third row, Brenden Krodel, Christopher Bosler, Anton Eckerle, Ashton Wessel, Jessica Beck, Katie Toy, Emily Bueltel, Ryan Craig, Christopher Schepers, fourth row, Mary Voegerl, teacher, Seth Mehringer, Tiffany Hodges, Amanda Brockman, Jenna Beckman, Meaghan Klem, Holly Pfaff, Jaime Schnieders, Jacob Byers, Kathy Bachman, teacher, fifth row, Michael Paar, Jason Craig, Father Frank Renner, Father Joe Kane, pastor; Craig Beck, Adam Beck and Ron Pittman, principal. being taken by a mob at a roadblock while fleeing with other Franciscans toward safety in Kenya. "The mob grabbed hold of Georges, dragged him from the truck and wrested him from our pathetically protective hands," wrote Franciscan Fa- ther Francois Regis Fine, who was travelling in the same party. "We let go of him." The mob recognized the Franciscan as a Tutsi. Mem- bers of that ethnic group have been by far the main victims of the bloodletting. "Armed with machetes, spears and clubs -- and, as we found out later, guns and grenades -- an enraged mob was stopping the vehicles and checking to see if they con- tained people of Tutsi origin, so that they could kill them," Father Fine said in a letter from Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. The soldiers riding with the Franciscans decided "it is bet- ter for one man to die so that the group and others, includ- ing themselves, would not perish. Such was the logic which condemned Georges," he said. Brother Georges managed briefly to escape the mob, he said. But he was quickly cap- tured. "We did not witness his exe- cution," Father Fine said, al- though there was no doubt that he had been killed. The survivors continued their journey toward safety. Pax Christi International asked the United Nations in a statement approved May 16 to take measures to curb the Rwandan crisis. The organization asked the warring sides to begin cease- Ferdinand's First Communion class First Communion was held April 24 at St. Ferdinand Church, Ferdinand. Students, their teachers and pastor include, first row, left, Margie Backer, Alex Potter, Neal Sitzman, Allison Beard, Emily Beard, Jennifer Kline, Tessa Mohr, Travis Hempfling, Dane Schipp, second row, Sister Annelle Libs, Natalie Weyer, Benjamin Sitzman, Leah Schneider, Michael Lamkin, Joshua Lange, Lucas Wagner, Kyle Greulich, Sara Brinkman, Betty Knust, third row, Brian Pund, Kurt Schaeffer, Melissa Kern, Milly Rahman, Chad Krampe, Craig Freeman, Luke Heeke, Michael Lueken, Vita Kippen- brock, fourth row, Diane Begle, Ann Weyer, Dustin Leinenbach, Kori Wahl, Eric Hempfling, Tina Hildenbrand, Staci Welp, Justin Weyer, Craig Luebbehusen, Joshua Ernst, Ryan Becher, Felicia Miller, Jane Schulthise, Doris Werne, fifth row, Joshua Klem, Nicholas Klem, Jarret Paulin, Megan Rasche, Brian Winkler, Cyrstal Eckert, Denise Pickens, Levi Brown, Stefan Kern, Dustin Schwartz, Jeff Zink, Father Philip Kreilien, sixth row, Lacey Lindauer, Travis Paulin, Neil Knies, Jena Davis, Neil Werne, Christopher Rahman, Lee Englert, Andrew Berg, Andrew Huber, Amber Hasenour and Beth Luebbehusen. fire talks under age and to call for ate halt to statementwas Pax Christi ecutive cc Belgium. 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