April is Genocide Prevention Month, when survivors, advocates and activists commemorate the six genocides that have anniversaries in April--Darfur, Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, the Holocaust, and Armenia. Looking forward, April is also a month to take action to end the ongoing genocide in Darfur.
Survivors of six different genocides came together to release a statement to jolt the international community to action in Darfur.
“Our collective voices will remind the international community to make its commitment to mass atrocity prevention absolute. Until we do, we are destined to repeat the most shameful chapters in human history.”
Civilians, politicians, celebrities and activists have vowed “Never Again,” that they have learned their lesson from the other genocides of our time.
Wilson, Roosevelt, Carter, Clinton, Bush. Generations of American presidents have stood by during genocide in Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. You can let Obama know that this time around, you expect our president to take action.
April is a month to honor the victims and survivors of past genocides. But it’s not just a history lesson. Genocide is happening now, in Darfur and you can do something about it. Get the facts, and get moving.
As Ocean’s 12 and Hotel Rwanda star, Don Cheadle, reminded a crowd in the doc, Darfur NOW, “"If we bottle half the enthusiasm that gets people to phone into 'American Idol,' it's a done deal.” Now that doesn’t sound too hard, does it?
Here’s thirty things you can do to be a part of Genocide Prevention Month.
In the D.C. area? Genocide Prevention Month will be launched on March 31 in Washington, DC with the screening of a sneak preview of The Last Survivor, a doumentary to be released later this year that tells the stories of four surivors who have taken up anti-genocide advocacy. After the screening, former CNN anchor Andrea Koppel will moderate a discussion among a group of survivors, anti-genocide advocates, policy experts, and the filmmakers. Get more info here.
Not in D.C.? The month will be launched online with an April 2 screening of a sneak preview of The Last Survivor. Everyone is urged to watch on April 2 and throughout the month. You may want to also host a movie screening followed by a discussion of the film and what you can do to fight genocide.
Here are ways to act to end the killing in Darfur.
Check back for background info and action tips April 1st – 30th.