Yesterday, April 6, marked the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the genocide in Rwanda. The horrible facts of what happened are well documented and, if you wish to learn more, I highly recommend Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire’s book, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda.

Rather than dwell on the history of those approximately one hundred days, I celebrate the strength and passion of Rwandans – including people I’ve met over the past ten years of my travels in “The Land of A Thousand Hills.” I’m still amazed at the power of national and personal reconciliation that I’ve witnessed. As I’ve listened to the personal accounts of survivors, I’ve seen real forgiveness in the eyes of those who speak. And I’ve seen something even more critical to Rwandans and the rest of us – a passion to prevent future genocide. Although they don’t often express it verbally, many of those I’ve met share a strong belief in a single source of comfort and inspiration – the Bible. No matter each of our personal beliefs, we can all learn from their actions and draw strength and hope. And we can act – perhaps just taking a few minutes each day over the next 100 days to reflect on what each of us may do to help someone in their daily challenge – Tom LaRock

From Rwanda – here is a headline from today’s The New Times

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