#Genocide

How I Remember Rwanda

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Ten years ago at the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide I went to Rwanda with World Vision. I knew it would be a difficult trip, but I had no idea the impact that trip would have on me going forward. Now, as we near the 20th anniversary of the horrific Rwandan genocide, my heart is still broken by the meaningless killing.

The Worst Thing About the Rwanda Genocide Is That It Was Preventable

Irwin Cotler | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

An enduring lesson from the Rwandan genocide -- not unlike the Holocaust -- is that it occurred not only because of the machinery of death, but because of state-sanctioned incitement to hate and genocide. Indeed, as the Supreme Court of Canada recognized, and as echoed by the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda, the Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers -- it began with words. As the jurisprudence of the Rwandan tribunals demonstrates, these acts of genocide were preceded by -- and anchored in -- the state-orchestrated demonization and dehumanization of the minority Tutsi populations.

Remembering Rwanda's Pain and the World's Shame

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

In the annals of human evil, Rwanda's genocide takes a special place. With a kill rate of about six people a minute for more than three months, it's likely one of the fastest mass slaughters of humans in history. Most were hacked to death by machete, partly because the perpetrators found it cheaper than using bullets.

A Resurgent Rwanda Stilling The Screams of 20 Years Ago

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada
Capt. Trevor Greene

The years since the Arusha Accords ended the slaughter have been trying, as Rwanda made a difficult transition to democracy. Paul Kagame was elected president in the country's first-ever democratically contested multi-party elections in August 2003. Kagame was re-elected in a landslide in 2010. He is such an effective leader because he hasn't lost touch with his people.

The Hidden Genocide of Muslims

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I've been reading about the war in Burma/Myanmar. It's a conflict between the Buddhist Burmese majority and approximately 800,000 Royhingya Muslims in the Arakan (Rakhine) State. They are among the world's least wanted and most persecuted people.

Lessons From My Father: Strategies for Resilience and Survival

Jill Gabrielle Klein | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Living
Jill Gabrielle Klein

My father had to cope with an unfathomable situation: At the young age of 16, he was a prisoner in Auschwitz..Recently, he and I have begun speaking to business executives about resilience--the ability to face adverse events with fortitude and to enact successful coping strategies.

Did Sitting Bull Die For Canada's Sins?

Robert Waite | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Robert Waite

Little Bighorn, MT -- Some say George Custer died for the White Man's sins. What I hadn't heard before was that Sitting Bull, the great Hunkpapa Lakot...

Ashke-Nazis: Is That an "N" Word?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I live in a small rural community. Mostly white. Mostly Christian -- in name if not practice. Imagine my surprise when I was listening to my local rad...

Lessons From Holocaust Remembrance Day: Don't Just Remember, Take Action

Jeffrey Bernstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Jeffrey Bernstein

If we Jews and all other citizens of humanity actually mean the words we speak when we say, "never again," then we must take a stand, today, and actively choose to care and to defend justice by celebrating the uncelebrated and by protecting and giving voice to the voiceless among us, and to say that hatred and intolerance, in any shape or form, no matter how small, has no place in this world.

Never Again: 6 Enduring Lessons of the Holocaust

Irwin Cotler | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada
Irwin Cotler

As we remember the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah -- defamed, demonized and dehumanized, as prologue or justification for genocide -- we have to understand that the mass murder of six million Jews, and millions of non-Jews, is not a matter of abstract statistics. For unto each person there is a name, an identity; each person is a universe. As our sages tell us, "whoever saves a single life, it is as if he or she has saved an entire universe." Conversely, whoever has killed a person, it is as if they have killed an entire universe. Indifference in the face of evil is acquiescence with evil itself.

It's Their Revolution, They'll Cry If They Want To

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Pragmatically, there is no need for outside intervention when it comes to Syria. Yes, a lot of people are being killed, but perhaps more would be killed if outside forces were used to despose Assad. And unlike conventional war, a revolution is a personal thing for those involved. When outsiders participate, the dynamics change. And revolutions never turn out the way those who lead them expect, or even intend.

Human Rights Museum Plans to Bring New Meaning to "Never Again"

Bernie Farber | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

After the Holocaust, we said "never again." After the Vietnam War, we said "never again." After Cambodia, we said "never again." But time and time again, we've gone back on our word. When will we, as a nation, and a people, stand up and say, "enough is enough?"

That Immigrant Fixing Your House Probably Saw Hell

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada
Avrum Rosensweig

Many people who are affected by war don't make it into the history books. One of them walked into my home the other day to install California shutters. He was born in 1960, the same year as I was. His name is Thic and he remembers well the corpses piled up outside his home after America changed her policy and pulled out her troops. Our world is populated by Thics.

South Sudan: Steady as She Blows?

Samantha Nutt, MD | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada
Samantha Nutt, MD

After decades of war, the transition to peace in the world's newest country was expected to be rocky. But in some areas, it's been downright apocalyptic.

In Search of the Ordinary Female War Criminal

Katie Engelhart | Posted 09.26.2011 | Canada
Katie Engelhart

Women's crimes are seen as something that falls beyond the 'normal' scope of violence. Male criminals in the Second World War and Rwanda were painted as brutal, thuggish. The female criminals were brutal too, but also sexually-perverted, diabolic, and often mad.