Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hotel Rwanda is not an uplifting holiday romp...

In fact, it is an utterly depressing thing to watch by yourself the day after the triumphant conclusion of your semester. So, not recommended. I was inspired to add it to my Netflix after seeing a panel discussion on genocide recently at Emory, at which one of the survivors from the hotel was in attendance. He started his speech by putting up a picture of a bride and groom on their wedding day surrounded by what must have been 20 or more family, friends, and members of the wedding party. He then went on to say that everyone in the picture but him and his wife were murdered in the genocide.

It is unreal that what happened in Rwanda did not serve as a tocsin for the world, and that the same thing is happening today in Sudan and the Congo.

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