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April 15, 2014

This week, Reuters published an op-ed by our founder, Pam Omidyar, that discusses the importance of atrocity prevention efforts, particularly as we mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.   

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April 10, 2014

This week, while the world paused to remember the 800,000 lives that were lost 20 years ago during the Rwandan genocide, violence rages in nearby Central African Republic. Following decades of weak governance, the Seleka militia seized the capital in March 2013 and ousted the President.  

Since this time, CAR has descended into lawlessness and violence as the Seleka forces have proven difficult to control. Predominantly Muslim, these forces have committed grave human rights abuses against civilians throughout the country and have especially targeted the majority Christian population. In response, Christian self-defense groups, known as Anti-Balaka, formed with the goal of defending vulnerable communities, but in turn began reprisal attacks that forced the displacement of Muslim communities.

April 07, 2014

Today, we commemorate the lives of over 800,000 Rwandans murdered twenty years ago during that country’s terrible genocide. On this day of reflection, Humanity United’s employees offer their thoughts:

This day is one of remembrance and mourning for nearly a million people lost in just one hundred days. Hand in hand, I will also remember the hope that was the most striking feature of the Rwanda I lived in seventeen years later – an outlook shared by survivors and other Rwandans of optimism and faith, rather than anger or fear. It’s this hope – for a future of unity, where “never again” is something closer to a reality – that grounds me in my work. I want to be at least a small part of the collective attempt to prevent the horror of Rwanda in 1994 from erupting again. –Mia Newman

March 04, 2014

Five years ago today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Darfur. Unfortunately, to date the international community has failed to impose consequences for Bashir’s atrocities.

February 28, 2014

In the life of all impactful organizations, there are moments in time when it is important to assess past work, take stock of accomplishments and consider how the organization moves forward to most effectively accomplish its goals.  Now that Humanity United is closing in on its first decade of work, we are embarking on a process to deliberately assess how we best achieve sustainable social change at scale in the years ahead.