Today -the 27th of January- is a Holocaust Memorial Day, which is why I decided for ‘Holocaust and other genocides’ to be my topic of the week.
What I have discovered
Genocide is the deliberate killing of a large group of people from a particular nation, race, culture or religion. It was only in 1948 (three years after the end of the holocaust) that international laws against committing genocide were created.
Yet genocide has not been eradicated, and I read not only about the holocaust but also more recent cases of genocide, e.g in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur (through the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust – http://hmd.org.uk/).
My reading also led me to read about conflict materials in the Congo; where armed groups terrorise and violently abuse communities while they compete for access to minerals needed to make almost all electronics – http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/content/initiatives/conflict-minerals.
I discovered a not for profit organisation called ‘World Without Genocide’. Their mission is to
protect innocent people around the world; prevent genocide by combating racism and prejudice; advocate for the prosecution of perpetrators; and remember those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by violence.
They run education programmes and offer educational materials to those sharing their vision of a future without genocide and violence against innocent people.
My action for this week was to make a donation to World Without Genocide. Also, I found information about which companies avoid using conflict materials (http://worldwithoutgenocide.org/advocacy/conflict-free-campus-initiative). I was sad to learn several of our electronic possessions were made by companies who fare poorly on the ‘conflict-free supply chain’ scale but have made a commitment to seek out conflict-free options in the future.