International Educator - January/February 2013 - 27
Unidentified boys from the UN Millenium village for returnees to Rwanda after the 1994 genocide.
Envisioning a World Without Genocide
E OFTEN SAY GENOCIDES HAPPEN
for a lot of complicated reasons but they also happen for a very simple one—we let them happen,” says Ellen Kennedy, founder of World Without Genocide, a nonprofit organization at William Mitchell College of Law that establishes chapters at high schools, colleges, and universities. Kennedy says that because ordinary citizens don’t exert pressure on our representatives, they do nothing. “We are not calling or in their offices and asking them to take a stance on Syria, or Guatemala, or Congo,” she explains. World Without Genocide provides advocacy, education opportunities, and has a 1-800-GENOCIDE hotline that connects people to their representatives in Congress to urge support for anti-genocide legislation. “Knowledge is not power; knowledge plus action equals power,” Kennedy says. “We have the power as ordinary citizens to truly make a difference and to envision and create a world without genocide.” –Elaina Loveland
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