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Clive Owen Tackles Rwandan Genocide

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After visiting to Rwanda to commemorate to 16th anniversary of the genocide that ravaged the country, actor Clive Owen was moved enough to write a piece for the Times on the devastation that still exists.

He wrote:

When are we going to Rwanda?” my 13-year-old daughter kept asking. She wanted to go there as soon as I was asked to visit the country to show solidarity with its people. She wasn’t asking in a naive, childish way; she knew that it was a serious thing, marking the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Initially, the scheduling wasn’t working out, but Hannah kept on reminding me.

And so, almost a year later — thanks to her and the Aegis Trust — I’m standing in the Kigali Genocide Memorial, trying to get my head around what happened in 1994, what that means for Rwanda today and what, if anything, it might mean for the rest of us.

Sixteen years can feel like a lifetime. But when you’re facing the fallout of a genocide, as I discovered in Rwanda, it can feel like no time at all.

It’s very hard for an individual to take on the concept of a million people dying in 100 days. But as soon as you listen to one person’s story you start to relate on a human level, and you begin to realise just how devastating it was. The centre at Kigali was at its most powerful when it got personal.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of his extremely moving article.

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8 comments to “Clive Owen Tackles Rwandan Genocide”



  1. 1

    Very moving. Anyone not living in a place like Rowanda has no space to whine, period. It kills me to see and hear about so much suffering in the world, at the hands of uncaring rulers, etc…



  2. 2

    this is a noble cause and i'm glad he's brought it to the world's attention again. jean hatzfeld's books on the genocide (one hutu and the other tutsi) are extremely powerful and moving and should be read by anyone who wants to learn more about it.



  3. 3

    This article broke my heart…I won't even attempt to say I empathize with the suffering of those people, as there is absolutely nothing that has occured in my life that is comparable to the horror that those innocent and beautiful people endured. I hope that world does step up to provide aid to those people trying to make the best recovery possible following the genocide. But even if the world does not, that will not and can not, absolve us of our responsibility as individuals to stand up and extend a helping hand to those in need.
    God bless Rwanda and her people who are hurting, yet hopeful for a better future…



  4. 4

    very large yawn



  5. 5

    what a handsome man



  6. 6

    I like what this guy has done. I applaud the way in which he has done this. We haven't seen posed pictures of him with survivors splashed about magazines. This seems like a very genuine attempt to bring light to the plight of the Rwandan people (not a publicity stunt). TAKE NOTE JOLIE PITTS!



  7. 7

    Re: hamnip – what an arrogant thing to say. i hope you never have to hide in a swamp while you watch your family get hacked to pieces by machetes.



  8. 8

    Wow…. it's heartbreaking to read about Winifred, but then you realize that it's happened to over and over to thousands of others. Horrible.