The new year typically brings a sense of renewel; of second chances and opportunities to change. For many right now, however, the light at the end of the tunnel appears to be well beyond reach. Like every year, 2013 had its challenges. In Syria, the refugee crisis exploded with numbers swelling from around 500,000 in January 2013 to 2.2 million by December 2013 while in Sudan, Mali, and Somalia, thousands more were displaced due to ongoing famine and sectarian violence. In the Phillippines, Typhoon Haiyan left relief groups scrambling to provide for the thousands who lost their homes while in Myanmar, massacres targeting the Rohingya Muslims have continued unabated. As we enter 2014, new crises have quickly emerged as the Central African Republic and South Sudan draw closer and closer to civil war and potentially, genocide. The list appears to be never ending. So what do we do?
Back in 2011, 3 Generations launched 'The End of Atrocity' project in which we commited ourselves to building a collective vision of what our world would look life without genocide, crimes agains humanity, an atrocity. The project was inspired by a comment made by the Dalai Lama who said, "if we cannot imagine a better world, how can we create one?" We decided to address this question head on and since 2011 we've interviewed numerous visionaries, each of which has unrelentingly pursued their commitment to eradicating intolerance and atrocity. Take for example, John Prendergast whose organization, the Enough Project, conducts intensive field research and produces practical polices to address crises in countries plagued by genocide and crime against humanity. As the situtations in South Sudan and the Central African Republic continue to worsen, Prendergast's work and the reports published by the Enough Project, have proven invaluable. Likewise, James and Stephen Smith, co-founders UK Holocaust Centre and Aegis Trust which manages the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, continue to work towards providing survivors and future generations with the education necessary to prevent genocide from reoccurring. As the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide approaches, Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre have much to prepare for.
Each of these people have a vision and each is doing extraordinary work to make that vision a reality. Help us share the stories and visions of others like John, James, and Stephen by donating today.