Survivors of Genocide: Cambodia, Rwanda, Tibet

 
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With April comes a significant month in remembering the atrocities of genocide. April 7 marks the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda; the date for Holocaust Remembrance day according to the Hebrew calendar falls on the 16th April this year; and April 24th marks the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

April also marks the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of multiple Nazi Concentration Camps. 3 Generations’ Founder and Executive Director Jane Wells’ father Sidney Bernstein was with the Allied Forces that liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. As a film advisor to the Ministry of Information, he was responsible for overseeing the film units as they documented the atrocities found there. When Sidney Bernstein returned to the UK he was tasked with producing a feature length film, German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, about the camps the Allies liberated. He brought together some of the greatest filmmakers, writers and talent of that era to create a permanent reminder of Nazi atrocities for generations to come. In the fall of 1945, however, his Ministry of Information superiors closed down the production and the film was not completed or shown. The complex story of that film and why it was stifled was not fully told until 2014, when it became the subject of the award-winning documentary, Night Will Fall, directed by Andre Singer. On May 19 we will be hosting a fundraising screening of the film at The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

(If you are interested in attending the screening, please follow us on Facebook/Twitter for ticketing updates)

These dates draw our focus to the act of remembrance and the ways in which we can best memorialize the experiences of survivors. Here at 3 Generations we believe that sharing stories through the medium of film is a significant step in the process of healing the lasting wounds caused by these atrocities. Our mission is to create a platform for the voices of survivors, and to amplify and honor their voices through as wide an outreach as possible.

Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to provide this platform nor would we be able to educate people in the atrocities of genocide and other human rights abuses. In order for us to continue our healing and educational work we need your ongoing support. Please continue your support so we can continue our work. 

Anne Marie
Anne Marie

3 Generations is heralding 2015 with a renewed focus on our mission to amplify and honor the voices of survivors worldwide. Within our first ever annual report resonate the words of Rwandan genocide survivor, Ann-Marie: "I am happy to tell my story because when I do I calm down, I feel better, less heavy." In both the United States and abroad, 3 Generations is working to bring the words of survivors like Ann-Marie’s to the forefront. As we write, our Development and Outreach Coordinator, Hannah Eddy, is in Rwanda providing direct reports on the state of survivors in the still recovering nation. Every report Hannah gives serves as a reminder that we must work to lighten the burden of atrocity victims worldwide today.    

Ann-Marie's story is one of turbulence and terror. Yet, it is one shared by survivors worldwide including those in Cambodia, Tibet, and Rwanda. While many such stories go unheard, 3 Generations works to bring the words of victims to empathetic ears around the world. As Hannah continues her travels around Rwanda, we remain constantly aware that many survivors of Genocide share an all too often unheard darker history.        

In bringing their stories to light, 3 Generations helps alleviate of the silent burden carried by genocide victims and ensure they are not alone in their struggle. 2015 brings many opportunities for 3 Generations but we could not have made this progress without your help. Look forward to more of Hannah’s reports from Rwanda as well as the many stories we will feature on our website. With your support we can help lighten the burden that plagues so many genocide survivors today. With your support we can make them "less heavy."

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Documenting survival stories on Tibetan refugees is one of 3 Generations’ biggest priorities. This summer we were fortunate enough to interview Rinchen Dharlo, a pre-eminent Tibetan refugee, statesman and current president of the Tibet Fund. We at 3 Generations are all grateful he has shared his story with us.

Rinchen Dharlo is the former representative of the Dalai Lama to the Americas and is currently living in New York City. Mr. Dharlo was born in Western Tibet near Nepal, the oldest of five children. In 1959, he and his family fled oppression from occupying China. While migrating around Nepal, they lived in tents or under trees, having to endure very harsh conditions while also stricken with disease. His mother and younger brother died tragically during this time.

Rinchen eventually managed to enroll at a school in India which the Indian government setup for Tibetan children. Unfortunately, he had to leave his family behind, but still tried to keep in contact with them as they moved from place to place despite not always knowing where they were. As president of the Tibet Fund, Mr. Dharlo now helps other Tibetan refugees retain their cultural practices and teach others about Tibetan culture and tradition.

Mr. Dharlo's moving story will soon be publicly available through our archives at www.3generations.org. Thank you, Rinchen, for sharing your incredible story with us. For more stories like this one, please consider donating to our project today. Just 5 donations of $10 would help us research to identify survivors of genocide while 5 donations of $25 would provide one hour of professional editing. The more support, the more we can do to raise awareness about international human rights abuses. Help be a part of the change!

You + Global Giving + 3 Generations = 50% more support for survivors!

Tomorrow, your support of our project means even more. Global Giving is offering to match your donation by 50% on July 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (EDT). 

Take this opportunity to make your yearly or monthly donation. 

There are other exciting prizes for our project as well, including big cash bonuses that will help us all year long as we record more stories from Rwanda, Tibet, Cambodia, and the US. You can help us share these stories.

Hurry, this offer is only viable from 9:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) or until funds run out on July 16th! To make sure your donation is matched, please donate on the earlier side if possible.

Thanks to our generous donors who have already helped us get closer to our goal.  Our team is so lucky to have such great supporters!

Thupten Jinpa Langri
Thupten Jinpa Langri

It is often quoted that those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Never is that sentiment more important than in regards to genocide. Unfortunately, we still live in a world where it is acceptable to deny genocide or defend its perpetrators. That is the reason our End of Atrocity series and the various interviews we conduct with Armenian and Tibetan survivors are so important. The Armenian Genocide, which is generally considered by most scholars to be the first modern genocide, is still routinely denied around the world and is only recognized by 43 out of 50 states within the United States. Meanwhile, the Tibetan cultural genocide is ongoing as Tibetans fight to regain their rightful place in relation to the Chinese government.

Over the the course of the next few months, 3 Generations hopes to expand its collection of Armenian and Tibetan survivor stories. As such, 3G has connected with the New York Armenian Home in Flushing, Queens where we hope to interview Azniv, a 104 year old survivor of the Armenian genocide, along with her daughter, Arpi. Likewise, 3G has reached out to Rinchin Dharlo, current president of the Tibet Fund here in New York and former North American representative to the Dalai Lama, and Thupten Jinpa Langri, who has held the position of principle English translator and interpreter for His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the past 29 years.

In our experience, it is far more difficult to deny a human atrocity when a survivor lays out his or her unfiltered experiences. Please join us in rallying around the survivors and help us capture their stories so they are not lost to history.

Rinchen Dharlo
Rinchen Dharlo

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3 Generations

New York, NY, United States
http://www.3generations.org

Project Leader

Jane Wells

3 Generations Founder and President
New York, NY United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Survivors of Genocide: Cambodia, Rwanda, Tibet