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Rwanda Génocide

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

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
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 09.21.2015 | 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 09.21.2015 | 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 09.04.2015 | 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 08.19.2015 | 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 08.10.2015 | 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 08.10.2015 | 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 ...

5 Life Lessons From 2 Weeks in Rwanda

Jenn Lyons | Posted 07.14.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | World
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 05.22.2015 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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.

My Love Story in Rwanda

Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes

I moved to Rwanda from the United States when I was 21. I didn't have any job plans, or a single friend in the country.

From Kigali to Cooperstown: The First Retreat of Rwandan Genocide Survivors Living in America

Samantha Lakin | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Samantha Lakin

Survivors of genocide have specific needs that are different than others who experienced conflict and war, especially in Rwanda. The genocide in Rwanda was intimate which makes the scars deeper and the recovery much harder, and it is time that the world recognizes this fact.

Melissa Jeltsen

A Look Back At The Trial That Made Rape A War Crime | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 07.29.2014 | World

The task was almost unimaginable in its magnitude. After the Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered over a hundre...

Losing Our Religion: The Death of Christian Mosul

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

The advance of ISIS in Syria and Iraq has all but wiped out some of the most ancient Christian communities. Some of the most important early Christian manuscripts which resided in monasteries there have been burned.

Education for Rwanda: After the Genocide

David Moshman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
David Moshman

What Rwanda needs is education for peace and conflict resolution. Such education requires equal access for all, serious teaching of history, and respect for critical thinking and intellectual freedom, especially regarding history and identity.

What War Memorials Get Wrong

Lee Daniel Kravetz | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Lee Daniel Kravetz

It's tremendously hard to believe that two decades have passed since the genocide in Rwanda. This is the topic of conversation with a friend named Clemantine Wamariya one recent afternoon in San Francisco.

Education for Rwanda

David Moshman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
David Moshman

Looking across the colonial and post-colonial periods, there are deep and troubling continuities. In addition to ongoing problems of differential access to education, we see divisive social processes of mandatory categorization and systematic group stigmatization.

These Women Are Breaking Gender Barriers Operating Rwanda's 1st Female-Run Ice Cream Parlor

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact

It was not love at first bite when Chantal Kabatesi tasted ice cream for the first time. "It was like eating hailstones," Kabatesi told NPR of her...

Rwanda and Reconciliation

Mike Farrell | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Mike Farrell

All the media attention to the 20th anniversary of the slaughter in Rwanda reeks of irony. If only we had paid as much attention before the blood flowed.

President Kagame of Rwanda and His Enemies

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

No sooner had I returned from the twentieth anniversary commemorations of the Rwandan genocide in Kigali than I saw Howard French's assault on the man universally credited with stopping the mass killings, President Paul Kagame.