Sunday, February 13, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

In the late spring and summer months of 1994, over 1 million people were murdered, tourtured, impaled, raped, and hacked to death with machetes in Rwanda, and nobody noticed. When thousands upon thousands of bodies started washing up in Lake Victoria, nobody noticed. The conflict that occured was simply considered to be a "third world incident", and not deemed worthy of intervention which required man power and money. This was a genocide worthy of recognition and the men, women, and children, human beings just like you and me who have families, who laugh, cry, and have human experiences, were worthy victims who needed to be save. Unfortunately, they were left to die. How could "the Western powers" have let this happen?
I went and saw "Hotel Rwanda" Thursday night, the story of one man, his courage and strength, trying to save about 1275 people who took up refuge in his hotel once the genocide started. I was inspired and touched, and in the midst of uncontrolable tears from the saddess I felt, I also felt anger for the atrocities and tragic deaths and tortures that we let happen.
Go see this movie. Take someone with you. Educate yourself about what is going on in the world today. It should not be acceptable that the death of over 1 million went unnoticed in 1994, and is still not noticed, accepted, or remembered today.
"We have to become the change we want to see in the world," said Mahatna Ghandi. Read about these atrocities and the story depicted in "Hotel Rwanda" and get involved in the fight for human rights. Yes, you and I are small, but we can make a difference. Become more informed and believe that you can have an impact if you just try.

In reference to the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel in 2005 said that, "If the world had listened we may have prevented Darfur, Cambodia, Bosnia and naturally Rwanda."

During his speech to the UN Commission of Human Rights on the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda held in 2004, UN Secretary-GeneralKofi Annan said, "Let us...be serious about preventing genocide. Only so can we honour the victims whom we remember today. Only so can we save those who might be victims tomorrow."

Official "Hotel Rwanda" site with information regarding the Rwanda genocide and the story behind the movie: http://www.mgm.com/ua/hotelrwanda/intro.html

Amnesty International, where you can get involved in furthering the fight for human rights worldwide: http://amnesty.org/

Information from the Prevent Genocide International's site concerning the Genocide Convention held by the United Nations in 1948: http://www.preventgenocide.org/law/convention/

2 comments:

  1. Just one of the many things that makes you realize (especially as a member of the church) that we do not live in a time where you can sit back and watch life happen. Go out and do something! Expecially if you have the resources within you.

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  2. One of these days I'll proof read my spelling BEFORE I submit a comment or post.

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