April marks 20 years since years of discrimination and hatred escalated into genocide. More than half a million people were killed in 100 days, many of the victims are buried in mass graves at the site of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre (pictured above) where they are remembered in a permanent museum. Human Rights Watch has just issued a new report on how Rwanda and Rwandans are progressing, with a special focus on justice after genocide. You'll find a summary here and you can read the full 20 page report here. This April you'll also be able to watch the new 20th anniversary commemorative edition of our documentary film Coexist. Broadcast information is available on our website here.
Coexist is a documentary and educational outreach project in use by more than 3,000 schools and community organizations in 50 states and more than a dozen countries. Our project includes a 40-minute film and a four-lesson Teacher's Guide, which can be used in the classroom and in support of positive school climate campaigns.
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Devastating news about massacres, rape, and forced conscription is not making headlines today. But it is happening right now in East Africa.
Today we learn from a new report that dozens of civilians have been murdered, women and girls as young as 8-years-old raped, and boys are being forced to fight or die. The army on this campaign of atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo is M23, one that Human Rights Watch reports is supported by Rwanda and its ruling party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). In Coexist Dr. Tim Longman says “The RPF carried out war crimes and human rights abuses and they've had no accountability for that whatsoever.” The stories continues.
This news is disturbing any day of the year, as it is on this September 11th when we reflect on these wrongdoings as well the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the deaths of thousands of people. The Coexist team also remembers the lesser known coup d'etat on this same date in 1973, when the U.S. helped overthrow the democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende. Tyranny reigned for 17 years, people disappeared, families we're destroyed. The wounds remain today.
May this day of reflection be an opportunity to discuss the roles of individuals and governments in accounting for wrongdoing, and for all of humanity to explore avenues for healing and reconciliation and justice.
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How Coexist is working in Schools
Here's a link to one example of what happens in classrooms where we teach Coexist. That school now plans to broaden and deepen the conversation about violence prevention.
Read what people are saying about Coexist here.
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What are viewers saying about Coexist?
Audience members yearn for more time to unpack the many messages of Coexist. Here are recent comments about both the film and the debriefing discussions facilitated by members of the Coexist team:
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"Coexist was carefully and sensitively made, drawing in a variety of narratives, beliefs, and perceptions that underscore the complexity of mass violence. The video and educational programs serve as beneficial learning tools for American adults and young people who may not know much about Rwanda and have not been faced with the need for social healing and reconciliation after genocide. I especially appreciate the film for not offering simplistic remedies to the profound questions of how people live together, and live with themselves, after such atrocity. The film reminds us that we each face ourselves and manage our recovery differently, and that human beings have an astounding resilience." - Dr. Paula Green, founder, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, and CONTACT Program, SIT (School for International Training Graduate Institute)
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"The power of the film and Mishy's way of inviting us to experience it deeply has Saturday evening still reverberating in me. So many levels of engagement arose as the evening progressed, with Mishy setting the context, with the brief history presented, with Mishy’s inviting and facilitating comments from the audience." - Sarah Conn, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Co-Founder, Earth Circles
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"Coexist is outstanding, in part because it brings up for viewers so many profound thoughts and feelings. The film underscores our capacity as humans for evil and betrayal and injustice. And Mishy's welcoming, context-setting, and facilitation of the debriefing were terrific." - Robert Ryan, Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness Consultant/Coach
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"Coexist is so evocative; it crushes the heart because it is so real and tells the truth about what did happen and what could happen. I feel edified by having seen it." - Brett Litz, Ph.D., VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University
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