Did anyone watch the CNN Documentary on genocide titled “Scream Bloody Murder” ? It originally aired December 4th, but it is being replayed several times. I caught a portion of it Sunday night and I was appalled. This documentary is informative and eye opening for those who aren’t informed of the horror known as genocide.
gen·o·cide (jěn’ə-sīd’) n. The systematic and planned extermination of an entire national, racial, political, or ethnic group.
1944, apparently coined by Polish-born U.S. jurist Raphael Lemkin in his work “Axis Rule in Occupied Europe” [p.19], in reference to Nazi extermination of Jews, lit. “killing a tribe,” from Gk. genos “race, kind” (see genus) + –cide, from L. -cidere “kill,” comb. form of caedere “to cut, kill” (see concise). The proper formation would be *genticide.
Many people are clueless to the fact that Genocide still exists. When the word genocide is brought up the first thing many people think of is the Holocaust. There is little or no mention of the Rwandan Genocide or the Ruthless Killings in Darfur.
Scream Bloody Murder not only chronicles Genocide on a broad spectrum it also uncovers the Government’s lack of action to take a stand against it. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour traveled to the world’s killing fields of Africa, Asia and Europe to document the tragedies of genocide and allow the voices that screamed bloody murder to now be heard.
From CNN.com on the documentary “Scream Bloody Murder”
A French priest in Cambodia. An idealistic U.S. Senate staffer in Iraq. A Canadian general in Rwanda. Each one tried to focus the world’s attention on genocide. Each time, they were shunned, ignored or told it was someone else’s problem.
How will history judge the world’s response to Darfur?
“It will applaud the young people … who believe in solidarity,” says Wiesel. “It will certainly criticize the leaders of the world.”
And the next time somebody screams bloody murder to stop a genocide, will anyone listen?