Just google search Cambodia, Rwanda, or Tibet in the news and you'll find plenty of current stories of unrest and injustice in these three regions. Today in Cambodia a radio broadcaster was imprisoned without solid evidence for allegedly speaking out against the government, meanwhile the citizens of Rwanda are still plagued by rebel armies and a government that does not fully acknowledge the 1994 genocide that took the lives of nearly a million people. And just this past Saturday in Tibet a man self-immolated in protest of the exile of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government's totalitarian and oppressive control of the region. As we've said before, all of three of these places lack the basic freedoms that we enjoy in the western world - freedom of speech, expression, and religion.
Each day people in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Tibet suffer human rights abuses and it is our responsibility, the responsibility of those of us who are fortunate enough to live in a democracy, to raise awareness for the on-going plight of these three countries. At 3 Generations we believe that education is a significant tool for inspiring global change and eradicating injustice and we use film to help shed light on these specific situations. We are launching a new website this month and with the launch of the website will come new videos highlighting the past and present situations in these regions. But if you'd like to get a jump start in educating yourself and others on these specific issues, we already have a number of videos housed on our current website featuring survivors' stories. We appreciate your continued support.
There is still much political and social unrest in the Cambodia, Rwanda, and Tibet involving violence. The Cambodian government that is currently in place continues to be accused of corruption and Cambodians are still struggling to gain both domestic and international recognition for the abuse and genocide under the former reign of the Khmer Rouge. Similarly, in Rwanda the people are still dealing with a government that often ignores the cries of the community and does not fully acknowledge the 1994 genocide that took the lives of over 800,000 people. And in Tibet, the Chinese government is still in control, exiling the Dalai Lama, and persecuting anybody who openly speaks out against them. In all of three of these places, the basic freedoms that we enjoy in the western world are almost non existant. With that said, it is our responsibility to continue to shine a light on these situations with our films. We are launching a new website this summer and with the launch of the website will come new videos highlighting the past and present situations in these regions and we hope you will continue to support this work that we're doing.
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.
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3 Generations Founder and President