Published April 06, 2007 · Estimated reading time: 2 minutes · Filed under , , ,

By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy – indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction.

– William Osler (Father of Modern Medicine)

I found this link on the imdb site for “Sometimes in April“… a movie that after a year and a half I still can’t stop thinking about.

Today is April 6th, 2007. Here I am, sitting somewhat comfortably in my chair on a pinpoint in the North American continet. Among the concerns I have are the upcoming exams and my plans for the summer. It’s difficult to imagine that nineteen years ago I could have, all of us could have just as easily been born somewhere else, where the destruction of our lives, families, homes, everything we knew was all reduced to a red spot on a map, a small yellow headline — flickering for a few moments on a television screen to the rest of the world.

In 1994, in a short stretch of 100 days, beginning on April 6th and continuing to mid-July, between 800,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed. The link shows a stretch of picture taken at Rwanda January this year. Like the calm after the storm, these pictures show such a serene place that it is almost impossible to imagine that these luscious green fields are where only 13 years ago the blood of thousands of human beings was shed while everyone either stood by or did not care.

Sometimes I just wonder whether the most horrifying thought is the apathy, the massive failure of humanity– 13 years ago, when I’m certain if everyone, citizens, the international community had cared, had pushed hard enough, at the very least a million lives would not have been lost… or that 13 years from now, we’ll sigh, looking back at today and the things that plague our world, and wish we had cared about something, wish we had done something, anything… when it was not too late.

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