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

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