Sunday, January 30, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

"As people see this, they'll say 'Oh my G*d, that's horrible' then go on eating thier dinners."

I just watch one of the most powerful films I have ever seen. Unfortunately, what's powerful about it, is it's true. And we could have stopped it.

Hotel Rwanda is based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, who was the manager of a 4-star hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. When genocide started in the country, Paul was caught in the middle. He and his wife were of different ethnicities, which now found themselves at war.

Paul sheltered some 1200 people at his hotel, and bribed his way out.

Over 1,000,000 people were killed in the massacre. It lasted 100 days. That's 10,000 people a day. At yet, a force the size of the NYPD could have stopped it. Yet, we were too concerned about other, more trivial things.

What's even sadder is that this type of thing still goes on unnoticed in Africa, namely in the Sudan and the Congo.


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