Saturday, August 29, 2009

Remembering Rwanda

Genocide. What does this word make you think about? The reason I picked this topic for one this week’s posts is because a member of Namikango Mission staff just came back from Rwanda and was able to see some of the horrors genocide left behind in that country. Although this genocide happened in 1994 its echo is still heard in the pictures of thousands of bones belonging to the members of the Tutsi tribe. They were slaughtered by members of the Hutu tribe. Neighbors killed neighbors even though they had lived many years in the same neighborhood. In one case one man killed his wife’s whole family. In the picture you can see above, a little boy is holding the picture of his murdered family.
The people of Rwanda have moved on and opened several museums so that the younger generation would not forget what happened. Those pictures are so heartbreaking but what is more heartbreaking is that the same thing is going on in Darfur right now! People are being killed it what has been called a genocide and the ones that suffer the most are women and children. And the world looks on….
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