Rwandan Genocide—How Will We Prevent the Next Genocide?

320px-Nyamata_Memorial_Site_13Now is the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. As many as one million Rwandans were killed in the Rwandan civil war:  20% of the population and 70% of the Tutsi ethnic group. Mutilation and sexual violence wer rampant. Many people were displaced from their homes and communities.

When the Tutsi government was established, Hutu fighters and their families fled to  Zaïre and Congo, spreading the destabilization throughout the region. In fact, civil war continues today in Democratic Republic of Congo.

At this moment, 20 years ago, destruction and violence on a vast  scale were under way. Perhaps you reading this were thousands of miles away, living in a completely different reality. And this was occurring in your world.

Some people—including Jared Diamond in his book, Collapse—say that the Rwandan genocide was not simply a tribal conflict, but instead resulted in part from not enough farmland and wealth to feed the population. Others dispute this conclusion for ignoring European colonialism and being overly simplistic, class blind, or imperialistic. But the nation was one of the poorest and most densely populated in the world.

There is a New Message from God, for this time, for all peoples in all nations. The New Message from God warns of increasing world conflict, as humanity contends with a “shrinking well” of resources, a destabilized climate, and the problems that follow. Economies will collapse. States will fail. Communities will fragment and vanish. People will migrate. Perhaps you can see this happening already, as these great waves of change are building.

The New Message from God warns that it is vital for people, communities and nations to share with each other in the face of this dire future. Competition,  world conflict and war must be avoided, and humanity must choose generosity, compassion and unity or global civilization collapse may be our destiny.

To some extent resource wars may be unavoidable. But the instability must be contained and global conflict must be avoided. Wars of desperation may become wars of genocide. In a world of more poverty, less fresh water and less arable land, where will the next Rwandan genocide strike? Could it be your country? Could your overconsumption half a world a way be contributing to the conditions that cause the next Rwandan genocide? Can the world learn from its mistakes, whatever the country?

“Many people will perish in the future, either through poverty and oppression or through ignorance and foolishness. Nations will be tempted to go to war with each other over the remaining resources, which will be ever more difficult to secure. And the grievances of humanity, so long standing, will flare here and there and everywhere.” -the New Message from God

Ceasefire in South Sudan Conflict

According to the BBC,  a ceasefire was signed three days ago between the forces of president Salva Kiir and the rebel leader Riek Machar.  A million and a half people have been displaced during the five months of this conflict.

South Sudan has only been a nation since 2011, when it gained independence from Sudan. It is the youngest country in the world. South Sudan is plagued with poverty and massive civil instability.

World Conflict - South Sudan CeasefireHumanity faces the prospect of rising global conflict, in large part due to the twin problems of overpopulation and overconsumption. Civil conflict is often linked with poverty, wealth disparity and environmental strain.

The New Message from God calls overconsumption the “engine of war”. Is it possible that a war in East Africa is affected by the overuse of resources by the world’s wealthy? Is the world so interconnected, or is this simply a East African conflict between the Nuer and Dinka communities?

“Overconsumption is the engine of war. It forces nations to intervene with other nations, to compete with other nations, to exploit other nations. You cannot simply blame political leaders or political theories when people’s way of life itself is generating the need for this exploitation.” -The New Message from God

May the peace hold in South Sudan. And may the people of Earth take great care in their consumption and procreation. There is only so much wealth on this planet—it must be shared, sustained and used very wisely, or humanity surely faces civilization collapse and world conflict.