We are currently planning a series of short films that will focus on the stories of survivors of genocide from Cambodia, Rwanda, and Tibet. Our goal is to post these videos on our organization's website, in hopes of creating more awareness and support for surrounding this issue. The violence and the recovery in these three regions is on-going; political unrest is prevalent in Tibet, while Rwandans are still recovering from and fighting for governmental acknowledgment of the mass genocide that took place in 1994. These areas and their survivors still desperately need our help and attention.
We are continuing our work with other organizations that are also geared towards helping survivors of genocide, especially those from these plagued regions. Our work on this topic has gained national recognition; currently, a group of high school students from California found out about the work we've done with genocide survivors through GlobalGiving and they have launched their own initiative to try and raise money for the same cause.
In 2011, 3 Generations researched, filmed, and shared the stories of many genocide survivors. We are pleased to share a few words from two survivors who have shared their stories with us.
“I am a happy to tell my story because when I do I calm down, I feel better, less heavy. I am happy.”
Ann-Marie, Rwandan Genocide Survivor
“You have to tell the story to your children, not to make hate but to try and prevent. That is the cause we have to proclaim, always.”
Alice, Armenian Genocide Survivor
We are currently researching and filming more survivors in preparation to create and share new stories in 2012.
What you can do in 2012 and beyond:
-Sponsor a story
-Listen to the stories we have created
-Share our work
-Donate to our programs
Thank you for your support.
In July a new nation, the Republic of South Sudan, was born. Since then, numerous reports have already been released that suggest impending genocide. This is a critical time for genocide survivors, those nations and cultures that have experienced genocide, and humanity as a whole. This news gives all of us the opportunity to learn from past atrocities and take action now to prevent recurring genocide. We have all witnessed the power of storytelling. It is more important than ever for us to continue to raise awareness of genocide and to share survivor stories.
3 Generations has been sharing a different story every week on our Facebook and Twitter. We continue to support the organizations we partnered with during our genocide campaign, and have enabled them to share our videos as well. It is these courageous stories that raise awareness of human rights abuse, preserve memories, and ultimately create lasting change.
Please visit our website to watch and share survivor stories, and for additional tools, resources, and ways to get involved.
Thank you for your support. Together we can end this human rights abuse.
Last month brought heartening news for Rwandan Genocide survivors. On May 17, 2011, 17 years after the genocide’s end, former Rwandan Army Chief Augustin Bizimungu was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide.
To honor the survivors who endured the 100-day atrocity and generate an increased awareness from this news, 3 Generations shared the stories of Rwandan survivors, Anne-Marie and Freddy Mutanguha. These particular stories highlight the power of storytelling in ending injustice and helping humanity reach its full potential.
Anne-Marie shares during her story: “I am happy to have found people to tell my story to, someone who I can sit down with and help understand what happened. When I tell my story I feel better. I calm down and feel less heavy.”
In telling his story Freddy Mutanguha told us: “The problem of survivors should not be our problem, should not be a Rwandan problem, should not be actually African problem--it should be the problem for humanity--all the humanity in the world. You come as Jane Wells. If I say I am a survivor you are also a survivor because they were targeting human beings and you are a human being.”
We continue to honor survivors and help them share their stories with the world.
View, share, and comment on the full stories of Anne-Marie, Freddy, and other survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
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Hello Global Giving Supporters,
Your generous support has helped us publish another extraordinary story from Tibet. Please watch it here: http://www.3generations.org/story/articletype/articleview/articleid/38/penpa.aspx.
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