The genocide in Rwanda is a perfect example of the world not coming together to be a global community. Rwanda was composed of three ethnic groups, two of which in the genocide (Hutu and Tutsi) opposed one another, after already having resentment and hatred towards one another. Hutu began war with Tutsi when Hutu’s President was shot down on a plane and from there, the plan was to kill all Tutsi, families and all. The genocide unfortunately did not end with the aid of international leaders and instead the “nuisance” (that is what is implied by no one lending a helping hand) was put to an end by the RPF, a rebel group largely comprised of Tutsi. The cartoon that I chose perfectly depicts how there have been so many times in history when people have just sat and watched individuals, civilizations, the world, crumble. Yet, after so many sit by and watch others become defeated, it is easy to make a best-selling movie, that everyone should watch as it is so critical to history. However, if people had chosen to be global citizens and remember that we are all human beings, of which countries and states shouldn’t define us, maybe a movie would not have to be made. Article 6 of the Human Rights, stating that “Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law” was in violation for just that reason; out of fear, officials, who’s jobs are to protect us, decided to define one another by the territory that they live in to avoid a larger problem. However that is a large problem if the officials that represent us can’t fathom, or don’t care, that we are all simply human beings and the only thing separating us are language and territorial borders. Article 28 of the Human Rights was also violated: “Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this declaration can be fully realized.” The genocide had no international help when thousands of people’s rights were being taken away and were being viciously killed. We only seem to care when a problem is over and the only time to get involved is when it is time to benefit, financially, and then raise awareness. These rightful rights are still consistently being taken away from individuals around the world each day and each day, people are still choosing to ignore the problems occurring around the world until they are or must be involved. The Syrian refugees, the cults in Africa, the hungry all around the world are all examples of current scenarios that these rights are still unfortunately being violated. The only way to change this is to stop hiding behind a wall and accept that we are a global community and another cultural or territorial identification won’t change that.
“Genocide Begins”. United to End Genocide.
“Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. <www.un.org/en/documents/udhr>