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Genocide at Large

The article presents the power of how struggles in countries that are not completely in the public eye can be depicted through narratives in forms of documentaries and even fictional movies. The article places much of its emphasis on the success of Hotel Rwanda in the ways in which the gripping tale allowed for people to become aware of the situation in the Congo. These forms of narratives are a self-expression to people who may not feel there is an outlet. Additionally, by providing images to human anguish, those who are not within that situation are more capable of empathizing with those in this country and maybe become inspired in providing the aid.  This power to provide narratives is a step towards social change, and something, which will allow the Congo community to be empowered and allow for the world to know and understand their struggle.

In applying my own personal experience to the article, my knowledge of Rwanda and the violence between the Hutu and Tutsi was based on the movie Hotel Rwanda. Before watching the film I had no idea there was such Genocide going on throughout the world. In America we are so accustomed to national news and to what media coverage is, “sexy,” that we forget there are conflicts throughout the world, or we do not get the knowledge of the world around us. The moment you read this passage, someone is fleeing from their home because of racial injustice, radical governments and terrorist. Current conflict areas are Sudan, Libya, Burma and Congo. While we mind our business in the states worry about Adele’s mighty 6 GRAMMY’s (mighty amazing), people are dying for the color of their skin. These people are not being provided food nor medicine, all for the purpose of eradicating the Nuba culture known as “ethnic cleansing.” Much of the Genocide that occurs throughout the world is driven by the notion of ethnocentricity of race, and which such notions are being the force of violence and trauma on people, the first world countries are taking no action, and its citizen are not obtaining the knowledge unless they seek to find it. Thus, we are blinded by our inabilities to seek knowledge from not just our own world, and thus like the article this week, narratives for a world without the important events being addressed are necessary in order to open people’s eyes.

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One response to “Genocide at Large

  1. The media does play a huge role in what we see and believe, and as a result many of these international affairs are swept under the rug of indifference. If it can’t bring in the ratings, then the news coverage of it would be minimal and there would be a larger time slot to talk about what Lady Gaga wore to the Grammy’s. Like you, most of my knowledge of the situation in Rwanda came from the movie. As amazing as that movie was it only made me more aware of how little I know about global issues.

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