Mike’s Dump

April 9, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

Filed under: Home — mikesdump @ 9:48 am

Sandy and I watched Hotel Rwanda last night and although I thought it was a really good movie it was also very disturbing.

Ten years ago some of the
worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of
Rwanda–and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock
news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In
only three months, one million people were brutally murdered. In the
face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family,
an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over
a thousand helpless refugees, by granting them shelter in the hotel he

I found it disturbing for two reasons. The first reason is how can
people hate so much that they would kill so many men, women and
children? Looking at my daughter it makes me sick to my stomach to
think that someone�could kill a child (or
anyone)�because�their race.�

The second reason that I found the movie disturbing was that rest of
the world did so little. If Rwanda was a country that exported millions
of barrels of oil you know that the reaction would be different. It
seems unless there is some sort of payoff for other countries a lot
less is done. Just look at Iraq. I disagree with the U.S.A invading so
I was happy with the Canadian governments decision to stay out of the
war but they had no problem getting in there when it was time to
rebuild (which was being funded by the sale of Iraqi oil).

I’d like to think since then the world has become a better place.
But, when the tsunami struck December 26, 2004 the Canadian government
offered only 4 million dollars. The donation was increased only after
the U.N. blasted rich countries for not giving enough. The Canadian
government should be a little more generous not just when the world is
watching or there is an election coming up but because they can.


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