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Rwanda Génocide

Auschwitz to Rwanda: the link between science, colonialism and genocide

The Conversation Africa | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home
The Conversation Africa

Heike Becker, University of the Western Cape When the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz death camp on 27 January 1945, among the prisoners left beh...

America is Responsible for Aleppo's Destruction

Lionel Beehner | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Buried under rubble, Aleppo weeps. It was the most fascinating, glorious, majestic, and hodgepodge city I'd ever visited, an ancient city of narrow, t...

Let Kagame Have a Third Term as President

Ahmed Charai | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Ahmed Charai

Rwandan President Paul Kagame Rwanda, a name indelibly associated with the genocide of as many as 1 million people, is today a beacon of hope on the...

The Necessity Of Empathy To Break The Cycle Of Fear-Driven Violence

Jenn Lyons | Posted 07.26.2016 | Impact
Jenn Lyons

When we make the choice to move away from fear, the greatest of all possibilities opens up; when fear is moved aside, the human capacity for empathy greatly increases. Empathy drives you to lift others up. Fear drives you to tear them down.

30 Thousand Haitian Lives Lost to U.N. Cholera

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 06.06.2016 | Black Voices
Gina Athena Ulysse

While some claim the U.N. official's promise to fully commit to ensuring the organization fulfills its human rights obligations concerning the cholera...

Fighting "Genocide Ideology" in Rwanda

David Moshman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Home
David Moshman

Each year in April Rwanda commemorates its 1994 genocide, in which at least half-a-million Rwandans were killed in a hundred days. The theme this yea...

On This Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide, Bill Clinton's Words Ring Hollow

Alice Gatebuke | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Alice Gatebuke

While our lives were being slaughtered, at least somewhere in the United States, elections were being won. And in exchange, 800,000-1,000,000 casualties of black lives that apparently did not matter more than mid-term elections were lost.

22 Years After the Rwandan Genocide

To The Market | Posted 04.07.2016 | Impact
To The Market

Genocide survivors make home goods for global sales--a sign of healing in Rwanda. Women producing baskets, handbags, and jewelry in the small, central African nation of Rwanda comprise TO THE MARKET's artisan network.

The Best Answer to Bad Guys With Qur'ans Is Good Guys With Qur'ans

John Barton | Posted 01.19.2017 | Religion
John Barton

The geopolitical and theological stakes are too high to be distracted by caricatures and reductionism. To move forward, we must embrace our shared and complex humanity, and honor one another's virtues.

The "G" Word Matters

Nuri Kino | Posted 12.09.2016 | Home
Nuri Kino

Two weeks ago, investigative journalist Michael Isikoff leaked information that the Obama administration is concerned with recognizing the horrifying ...

The Purpose of Holocaust Remembrance Must Be the Prevention of Other Genocides

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 11.16.2016 | Home
Menachem Rosensaft

I am honored to be with you this evening, honored to have been asked to speak to you here in the Hall of Remembrance which, in truth, could and perhaps should be called the Hall of Memory. Why "memory" in an institution devoted to memory? Because memory must come before remembrance.

Pray for the Person Who Holds the Weapon

Desmond Tutu | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Desmond Tutu

Violence can never engender peace. Still, I will always pray for the person who holds the weapon, pray that this person finds compassion and recognizes the humanity he or she shares with the person who may be at the other end of that weapon's sights.

From Victim to Victor: The Healing Power of Forgiveness in Rwanda

Ange Kagame | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Ange Kagame

Hate, like many other vices, is a learned behavior -- it is a choice, a bad choice, but a choice nonetheless. And yet, I believe -- I know -- that forgiveness works the same way.

We Were Human Before We Were Politicians

Clementine Bihiga | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Clementine Bihiga

Many of us have seen the picture of the three-year-old Syrian boy who was washed up ashore. Does that picture make you feel sick to your stomach? Does it make you feel angry? Does it make you wonder where humanity is headed?

She Survived the Bullets and Flames of Gatumba

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.18.2016 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

When Espy was eleven years old and living in a tent at a United Nations refugee camp in Gatumba, soldiers from the regular Congolese army set fire to tents and used machetes to massacre the refugees. Espy was shot in the back and played dead among the dead and dying to survive.

Forgiving the Unforgiveable

Megan Feldman Bettencourt | Posted 08.10.2016 | Women
Megan Feldman Bettencourt

One warm, overcast afternoon, Chantal Nimugire took me to the place where she almost died. The clearing, roughly the size of a football field, was nestled amid hillsides in Kicukiro, a suburb of Kigali, the Rwandan capital.

"I am always dreaming"- One survivor's inspiring story

To The Market | Posted 07.29.2016 | Impact
To The Market

The ethos of No. 41 is simple: empowering one person can make an incredible impact. Since 2012, No. 41 has been inspiring and enabling women in Giseny...

5 Life Lessons From 2 Weeks in Rwanda

Jenn Lyons | Posted 07.14.2016 | Impact
Jenn Lyons

In Africa children greet you with a hug and when they sit next to you, they throw an arm over across your shoulders or over your leg. It is not uncommon for men to walk around holding hands as a show of friendship. Affection is not for special occasions; it is for daily life.

Burundi, Politics of Ego and Not Ethnicity?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.23.2016 | Home
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Ethnicity is a tool rather than the cause for the reappearance of discord in Burundi. As means to rationalize his grab for perpetual office, President Pierre Nkurunziza has reached into the bag of tricks of stoking fear of "the other." That is a zombie from the past that can rise from the dead.

Protecting Peace in Burundi: A Crucial Moment

Salim Ahmed Salim | Posted 05.22.2016 | Home
Salim Ahmed Salim

DAR ES SALAAM -- I fear that Burundi's hard-earned peace is under imminent threat. An attempted coup d'état last week is the latest indicator that the country is once again on the brink. Immediate measures need to be implemented to de-escalate the situation, or the country could descend into civil war once again.

A Century of Genocide and Indifference

Bennet Kelley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

The problem appears to be that our repeated declarations of never again are directed at the genocide itself and not at the indifference and cowardice that enabled it. Until that changes, we will continue to live in the Age of Genocide.

Lessons From Auschwitz, 70 Years Later

Carlo Strenger | Posted 03.29.2015 | Home
Carlo Strenger

Soon no more Holocaust survivors will be alive, and our duty of remembering and understanding increases. This means, among other things, that we must face the uncomfortable truths about human nature that Auschwitz symbolizes.

One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing, 2015

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.09.2015 | Home
Christopher Atamian

It has been nearly one hundred years since April 24, 1915 -- the infamous day when Armenian intellectuals of the Ottoman Empire were rounded up in the dead of night and sent to be executed in inland concentration camps in Ayash and Chankari.

Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.16.2015 | Home
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.

October 16: A UN Vote to Watch

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 12.11.2014 | Home
José Ramos-Horta

The UN Security Council is the only UN body with real power and may influence positively the course of events when the 15 members agree on a course of action. In 1999 the Council acted swiftly and effectively in ending widespread violence and destruction in my country.