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Rwandan Genocide

Rwanda Orphans School Teaches Unity Post-Genocide

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 04.11.2014 | World

RWAMAGNA, Rwanda (AP) — Most of the kids in a school set amid the lush green, rolling hills of eastern Rwanda don't identify themselves as Hutu or T...

Syria: 'Never Again' Is Now

Kristin Wright | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Kristin Wright

Politicians and government leaders often excuse their inaction on Syria with words like "complicated." And we know that many government leaders once felt the same way about Rwanda.

Rwanda Redux? We Can't Fail the World Again

Tom Andrews | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Tom Andrews

The world is marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide with events, statements and speeches. But I have a better idea. Let's act.

Twenty Years After, Rwanda Remembers: A Tribute to My Country

Rosine Urujeni | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Rosine Urujeni

Forgiving doesn't mean loving or hugging the one who was once hunting you down and trying to exterminate your "people." It is, rather, learning how to live in peace with him again.

Mute Witnesses to Horror in Rwanda and Cambodia: The Stations of the Skulls on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 04.06.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

They are 5,250 miles apart, one in Asia, the other in Africa. But in each, huge piles of human skulls bear mute witness to the genocidal horrors of the last quarter of the 20th century when the world should already have learned better from the enormity of the Nazi Holocaust. Once the Chao Ponhea Yat High School, Pol Pot turned it into Security Prison 21 (S-21), where of the nearly 20,000 who passed through its satanic doors only a dozen survived. It was just one of scores of such hellholes where prisoners were beaten, tortured with electric shocks, burned with searing hot metal and water-boarded among other torments.

What Will It Take To Truly 'Never Forget' Rwandan Genocide

Nina Iliza | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Nina Iliza

For many people April is the month to commemoration the Rwandan genocide; it is the month to pay homage to those who lost their lives. However, to me, April is just another month I try live without remembering the genocide.

Speaking With South Africa's Best New Band -- John Wizards

Salvatore Bono | Posted 03.23.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Now, as the music and story of John Wizards gets passed around the music world, this South African band will take their sound global.

Will Syria Be Obama's Rwanda?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

So now we have Russia and the UN serving as guarantors that Syria will somehow declare and destroy its chemical weapons arsenal. But how will we know we've found them all? And how long will the process take?

The Hard Truths We Must Swallow: The Rwandan Government Wreaking Havoc in Congo

Alice Gatebuke | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Alice Gatebuke

Since the first invasion, more than 5 million people have died in Congo, making it the deadliest conflict since the Second World War. And many of those deaths lie at the hands of the Rwandan government.

The Promise of a Plant in the Fight Against Malaria

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dora Joseph, 31, is raising four children in a tin-roofed, two-room house nestled in the remote green hills of northwestern Tanzania. Her eyes are tired and dampened with worry.

This Courageous Woman Helped Make Rape A War Crime

AP | AIDA CERKEZ | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact

PRIJEDOR, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- There were days when she prayed for a bullet to end her suffering. When she thought she was dying of a heart attack, s...

What It Means to Give

Betty Londergan | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact
Betty Londergan

Passing on the gift of a cow to another person takes on great resonance in Rwanda, since this is a cow-loving society and every aspect of society is laden with the memory of the genocide of 1994.

Rwanda's Genocide and Lessons America Hasn't Learned for Syria

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

It behooves the Western leaders and the American government who are being critical of Rwanda's Kagame to learn from the Rwandan experience and finally agree to put an end to mass slaughter and to seriously punish all those who engage in it.

The Tide Is Changing

Victoria Uwonkunda | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Victoria Uwonkunda

How is it a country like the UK sits by and does nothing while one of their foremost aid recipients is accused of "aiding and abetting" crimes against humanity by the United Nations?

Forgiveness And Bearing Witness

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

While many in our religious communities are quick to make proclamations about forgiveness, they often find it to be too difficult to live out in daily life.

Orphans In Rwandan Genocide Find Hope In Rural Village

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 07.23.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- From a teenager who was a month old when her parents were killed in Rwanda's genocide to a young man inspired to become a doctor, hundreds...

The Fray's Latest Is About The Rwandan Genocide

AP | JOHN CARUCCI | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home

The Fray's new song "Heartbeat" seems to be about reviving a broken relationship, with lyrics like "I wanna kiss your scars tonight, and baby, you got...

Two Cultures, Two Genocides, One Story

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.27.2012 | Home
Bernard Starr

David's harrowing memories from Eastern Europe at the hands of the Nazis and Jacqueline's genocide experiences in Rwanda, although more than half a century apart, are hauntingly similar.

Gains And Losses

Anna Deavere Smith | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Anna Deavere Smith

When I conducted my research for my latest one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy, I was concerned by images I saw of Black African people in distress in major U.S. publications. Were these photos engendering action, or merely pity or worst apathy?

The Meaning and the Rhetoric of Evil: Auschwitz and Bin Laden

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Robert D. Stolorow

Is there an alternative to ideological illusion and the rhetoric of evil? Yes, there is. We must remember our common human vulnerabilities and bring them into a collective conversation within which our existential anxiety can be held and better borne.

Humanizing a Hero

Julia Lurie | Posted 06.06.2011 | World
Julia Lurie

Carl was inside his home in Rwanda with his family when Hutu militia arrived on the second day of the genocide, carrying machetes, clubs and rifles.

Suspected Genocide Leader Deported From Chicago To Rwanda

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A man going by the name of Thierry Rugamba reportedly immigrated to the United States in 2000, as a victim of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He settled in...

Rwanda: Road to Recovery

Isobel Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isobel Coleman

Risen from the ashes of genocide, Rwanda is in many ways an African success story.

Desmond Tutu to Consider: Is Violence Ever Justified?

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marina Cantacuzino

As a result of a complex discussion of the Brighton bombing, I asked Archbishop Desmond Tutu to deliver The Forgiveness Project's inaugural annual lecture on the subject "Is Violence Ever Justified?"

Jambo, Ben Affleck

Anne C. Richard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne C. Richard

Actor Ben Affleck has just launched a new charity that aims to bring attention and funding to community groups in eastern Congo, including local organizations that aid survivors of sexual violence.