The other day while on a morning Uber run I picked up a young man Jean from Rwanda. He was on his way to The University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine where he has been studying Biology. I asked him if he will stay in the United States? He said he will return to his home in Rwanda because he could be of more use there. In 1994 he was four years old. That was the beginning of the genocide and holocaust carried out by the Para-Military Hutu against the minority Tutsi. It is estimated that 800, 000 Tutsi were killed. That was the year that Jean mother was killed. In 2016 Rwanda indicted several high ranking general from the French army with the belief that they were implicit.
Holocaust and genocide activities are not unique only to what happened to the Jews in the forties. They same thing occurred in Cambodia following the Viet Nam War and again in Cameroon in the 70’s when 10,000 Cameroonians were slaughtered by the Cameroon Army assisted again by the French.
Today we are not yet looking at an officially declared genocide in Syria but these people are being slaughtered and that is the reason why the world has to pay attention. Because of an unwarranted fear of terrorism this country is once again dragging it’s feet. I say once again because this is not the first time we have closed our golden doors to people in need. We usually do this because the ones in need are either not of the right color or religion.