Hotel Rwanda : LUSENET : A.M.E. Today Discussion : One Thread

If this movie is showing near you make sure you see it. It is phenomenal and it lets us know how we are all connected. We are indeed our brother's keeper.

-- Anonymous, January 11, 2005


The non-response by the Clinton Administration during the Rwandan genocide clearly demonstrated a lack of "connection". Did you or anybody see Schindler's List? The theme of Hotel Rwanda is very similar. Don Cheadle provides a stunning acting performance (much like Liam Neesom in Schindler's List) as a compassionate Hutu hotellier during the Rwandan-Burundi Civil Wars. QED

-- Anonymous, January 12, 2005

True. The Clinton administration did not respond nor did any of the western nations. In the movie Nick Nolte's character describes the west's thoughts about Africa. It nearly brought me to tears. That is why I say we must be our brother's keepers.

-- Anonymous, January 12, 2005

My brothers and sisters,

I was pleased to hear about this movie and plan on seeing it this weekend. Rwanda and the Hutu/Tutsi alternating genocide (this is not the first time this has occurred in Rwanda) makes for a very interesting study. I wrote my Master's Thesis on the Role of the Clergy in the Wars in Africa with an Emphasis on Rwanda. For a study of this atrocity with yet to be measured worldwide sociological impact, I recommend the book:

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda -- by Philip Gourevitch

In this book, in one of the many horrendous instances of man's inhumanity towards man, persons were gathered together in a church and informed they were going to be killed along with their families because "God no longer had any use" for them.

This book recounts the incredible dithering that occurred at all official governmental levels (worldwide) regarding what constitutes "genocide." Everyone acted as if they had never heard of the word genocide and were waiting for someone at Webster's to discover the word and provide a definition. It was such an expensive hot potato that no country wanted to be the first to step up to the plate for fear that they would be economically responsible for the displaced Rwandese. In many accounts, what happened in Rwanda was described as the face of evil. It is sad to note, that the same thing is now happenning in the Sudan. The world is again dithering over terminology as the Sudanese are annihilated.

It is my hope that we will educate ourselves on the problem, and going to see the movie, Hotel Rwanda, is a good first step.

I hope to be blessed to do missionary work in Rwanda one day. Let's all go see the movie and push for a wider distribution.

-- Anonymous, January 12, 2005

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