Travelog 7 “Global Responsibility: Part 1 ” by Dejanay Richardson. Barcelona, Spain.

One way that Slimbach talks about global citizenship is the divide between the poor and the rich nations. He points out that those with more luxuries and higher income turn their heads at the instant of poverty because ” The aspiration toward “global citizenship” may be valid up to a point, but few of us expect distant “outsiders” to have the same grip on our sympathies and commitments as our nearest and dearest. It`s hard to love something as amorphous as “humanity” in the abstract, or to be intimate with billions. Are we left to conclude, then, that we have no obligations toward them?” However, Slimbach talks further about how people should not act as “outsiders looking in”, and that it is entirely our responsibility to become involved. The way we become involved is through exploration of the unknown because “Our journey outward into these unfamiliar social worlds is simultaneously a journey inward. While our experiences may tend to disturb our socially conditioned ways of living and thinking, we also discover new sources of emotional support and world understanding, both through others and within ourselves.”  By becoming invested with these third world countries or underdeveloped countries, we become global citizens be reacting emotionally to becoming passionate human beings, and possibly helping or preventing huge problems.

Knowing about global responsibility and human rights is a pure example of what happened during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. During this time there was a social division in Rwanda between the Hutus and Tutsi. The Hutus were a local tribe that was raiding the villages in Rwanda and wreaking havoc. During the 11894- 1918 Rwanda was a part of the League of Nations Mandate of Belgium after the World War 1. Since the Belgians liked the Tutsis over the Hutus this caused intense  tensions to start between these groups escalating in the horrifying genocide in 1994 . For me, the most horrifying aspect of this genocide was the powers of the world. Below is the cartoon I choose, which depicts the behaviors of the UN during this time period.


Rwanda Genocide Political Cartoon – Fall 2016/Sp 17



The pile of bodies represents all of the people who died during the attack. The mass killings in slaughtered around 800,000 people. As reports of the genocide spread, the Security Council voted to supply a more robust force, including more than 5,000 troops. By the time that force arrived in full, however, the genocide had been over for months. International powers like Belgium and France stayed on the sidelines of this event because it was not their call to intervene for a local societal issue, and did not think it was ‘their responsibility’ to interfere. On one part, the Hutus were at fault for initializing war and genocide and Rwanda, but the bigger mistake was on the UN for not making any real reforms or trying to stop this from happening in the first place. It is this type of ” don’t ask, don’t tell” attitude that is destroying current violent situations that are happening in Syria and Israel. Yes, it is not the U.S. power to interfere, but not engaging in serious action does not help the situation as well.

Those who were affected by the genocide or died during the attacks would say that their human rights were violated. In the Declaration of Human Rights Article 7 states: ” All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.” This is relevant to the Tutsis and those who were hurt because they were being targeted and discriminated against by the Hutus. Article 3 of the Declaration of Human Rights was also violated because Belgian and the UN did not enforce enough punishment on behalf of the Hutu refugees. Their reluctance to be a global citizen failed just like the Yugoslavian attacks earlier to this genocide attack. This just makes me believe that enforcing human rights should be more than passing peace treaties or enforce militia, human rights and global citizenship is a promise to protect those that you know and those you don’t by preserving their basic human rights they deserve.


Slimbach, Richard (2012-03-12). Becoming World Wise: A Guide to Global Learning (Kindle Locations 531-533). Stylus Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Slimbach, Richard (2012-03-12). Becoming World Wise: A Guide to Global Learning (Kindle Locations 507-508). Stylus Publishing. Kindle Edition.




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