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Life History of Padri Vjeko Curic
Written by fra Ivica Perić

father VjekoPadri Vjeko Curic was born in 26 April 1957 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He did his studies at the Franciscan minor seminary in Visoko. Did his Novitiate in Visoko and theology in Sarajevo, after which he was ordained.

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Father Vjeko Curic as a Franciscan Priest
Written by fra Ivica Perić

father VjekoWhat people witness about him today in Rwanda-From the book “Tribute to Courage, African Rights, London, 2002

“Vjeko was a very generous man. That’s why they headed for his parish from all the surrounding communes during the genocide.”

“He used to visit the refugees at kabgayi regularly and comforted them in the face of death.”

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Transporting Tutsis to safety
Written by fra Ivica Perić

fra VjekoWhen he realized the extent of the danger facing the refugees in Kivumu, Fr. Vjeko Curic began transporting a number of them to Kabgayi on 15th April, where he thought they would have a better chance of survival. He traveled back and forth on a daily basis. Oswald was asked by Vjeko to look after the refugees in his absence. Fr. Vjeko went to Cyakabiri to negotiate with the Interahamwe there. As he was leaving, he asked me to take special care of the four families at the presbytery and to be ready to show them the way to Kabgayi. Most of them came from Kigali and didn’t know all the local paths. I kept an eye on the movements of the Interahamwe.

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