“They said: ‘Many are called and few are chosen,’
But I wish some wasn’t chosen
for the blood spilling of Rwanda.”
– A Million Voices, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ soundtrack
Upon watching a movie titled “Hotel Rwanda” last Sunday, I found yet another heartbreaking story. For those of you who didn’t know, the history tells us there was blood spilled in 1994, which is called the ‘Rwandan Genocide’. It took around 800,000 lives, and another 2 million people lost their homes.
Seeing the desperate cries of the innocent children, I began to think, how could they do that to their own brothers. They were from the same countries, just from another tribe.
One day, my sister was doing her ward round in hospital and examined a veteran. He told her that, “Horrible things happened in war.” And yes, I agree.
Even though humans are the most intelligent beings in the world, who are able to learn from others’ mistakes, from the histories, and from past experiences, we, humans – most of us learned things the hard way. We still kill others slowly by our words at work. We still discriminate others by choosing and being exclusive with a group of friends. We are selfish beings; we don’t want others to succeed.
And yet when humans know that their actions will hurt others, we will still do it anyway. “It’s none of my business,” we often say. We know the consequences we will inflict to others, but we pretend as if we do not care.
What I learn in my Psychology classes, could not even describe the complexity of humans. We may dislike a person, do not want to be close to them, or even explicitly show them that we don’t want to befriend them. Yet we know that when people behave the way they do, they have their own history, their own context. But we judge them before we know about their story. We just simply, do not care.
We sometimes say, “We are still humans, we make mistakes.” Yet, don’t use it as an excuse over and over again, to justify our actions for neglecting the need to change, while knowing, that our action costs someone else’s heart.
“There will be no rescue, no intervention for us. We can only save ourselves. Many of you know influential people abroad, you must call these people. You must tell them what will happen to us… say goodbye. But when you say goodbye, say it as if you are reaching through the phone and holding their hand. Let them know that if they let go of that hand, you will die. We must shame them into sending help.”
– Hotel Rwanda