Travel Log 7: Global Responsibility Part 1 by Mazel Genfi, London, England

Watching Shake Hands with the Devil was extremely upsetting and heartbreaking. I knew about the Rwandan Genocide  from watching films like Hotel Rwanda and documentaries this one. just like  It’s heart-breaking to know that most of the world just stood by  and did not do much to prevent it from happening.The documentary talked about how the media talked about other events, such as the OJ simpson trial and the olympian, Tanya Harding. Dallaire responds to this action by stating “Are all humans human? Or are some more human than others?”.Sometimes it sucks to realize that media is a little biased on what they share and it eventually distracts people from what is really happening in the world.

The politcial cartoon I chose depicts a group of reporters running into a press conference and two of them having a conversation about if they had ever met before. One of them mentions Rwanda, and the other responds to them asking “ What’s a Rwanda?. It’s so crazy that the western world kind of turned a blind eye to the atrocities that was happening in the African nation. All  the western powers had the chance to stop it and they simply did nothing and Dallaire could only do so much working as a UN peace keeper. So many deaths could have been avoided, if the media called out the attention of what was taking place.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” But till this day, people of nations go through atrocious acts violating their rights everyday. For example, the Yazidi people in the middle east. Their lands are being taken away from the ISIS rebels and people of those lands are being forced into modern day slavery and arranged marriages to these rebels. Even though western powers are doing the best to dissolve the issues, there are people still fighting for their rights everyday.

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