Johannesburg, South Africa; and Kigali, Rwanda - Like the Holocaust of Jews and others during World War II – the scale and shame of the world's inaction during the Rwandan genocide still staggers the mind.
Fifteen years ago today, men and women picked up machetes and murdered their neighbors by the hundreds of thousands. And the world watched. The 100-day massacre has since inspired books and Hollywood movies, and left a mark on the global conscience, prompting international campaigns for intervention, such as in Darfur.
A rally is being organized by a coalition of more than 50 Manatee and Sarasota organizations to bring attention to the conditions in Darfur and hoping to inspire people to show support of the preservation of humanity.
On April 19, Omer Ismail will bring his dire message, "Why the World Failed to Stop Genocide in Darfur," to Sarasota as the keynote speaker of the third annual Humanity Working to End Genocide Rally for Darfur.
President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan wasted no time in thumbing his nose at the International Criminal Court after it issued a warrant for his arrest on war crimes charges.
Bashir expelled more than a dozen major aid organizations that were a lifeline for Darfur's suffering people, then attended an Arab League summit in Qatar, where he was welcomed with open arms, and travelled to four other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia.