Rwanda’s 20th Anniversary
by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: April 3, 2014
Since 1994, the world has changed greatly and drastically. Internet and modern-day technology have molded a new way in which society communicates and interacts. China, classed as a third-world country only a few decades ago, hosted the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
One thing that has not changed, is the need to deliver human rights and freedoms to every single of the 7 billion up individual human beings on the planet.
April 2014 marks the twenty year anniversary of one of the deadliest and most preventuful genocides in modern history. For those not too knowledgable about the genocide, I provide a brief overview (one, I strongly feel, does the million of individuals who were murdered no justice).
The Rwanda Genocide
This is, by no means, a comprehensive overview of the Rwanda Genocide. It is meant to be a superficial overview.
The Hutus (a Rwandian ethnic tribe) slaughtered nearly 1,000,000 Tutsi over only 100 days, after having signed a peace agreement in 1992. In April 1994, President Habyarimana was assasinated, when his plane was shot down. This ignited the Rwanda Genocide.
During World War I, Belgium took control of Rwanda. During World War II, Belgium began to help Rwanda become independent from the European, colonial mother state.
In January 1994, a Canadian, General Romeo Dallaire notified the United Nations, he believed the Rwanda government was purchasing and stockpiling weapons to exterminate the Tutsi ethnic population.
During the Rwanda Genocide, previous United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was a key part of the United Nation’s peace keeping missions (he was the director of UN peacekeeping missions), including the world’s response to Rwanda (there was more finger pointing, accusations, and name calling, than action to help the refugees of Rwanda). Later, once UN Secretary General Annan was named Secretary General, he admited the United Nations and the world should regret its response to the Rwanda killings. The world failed the people of Rwanda in 1994. To this day, we continue our ignorance, and cannot forget (as we have already done with Syria).
A Call To Action
As President & Co-Founder of one3ag, I strongly encourage you, the reader of this blog, to take a personal pledge. We must study history, and understand history. This will help us understand how things developed into what they are today – the forces, processes, and people who shaped and continuing shaping what we see, hear, taste, smell, and touch. We must also learn lessons from mistakes made in the past. The world’s response to Rwanda was, in plain language, horrible.
This is my call to you. A call to action. Remember our fellow humans who may seem an ocean away, a province away, a community away. We are all brothers and sisters of the planet Earth’s one and only human nation. #peace4all
Based on reading this blog post, you may also be interested in reading: Peace and War (click here).
These are one person’s thoughts and opinions. I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.
Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.