Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed within a 100 days. It was a genocide of Tutsis perpetrated by the Hutus.
We have received several letters and emails from you, our dear readers, asking us to explain more about Rwanda, and how The Work can be used to help Rwandans.
The five Rwandans came to School saying they were Tutsis, but just before the end of School one of them admitted to all of us that he was a Hutu and expressed his shame about the genocide. It was an amazing moment. He made amends and spoke of dedicating his life to taking The Work to the Hutus to help end genocide and the ideas that are the cause of genocide, in the name of peace and in the hope that it will never happen again. He, like the others, wanted to heal the wounds of all Rwandans.
Here is an audio clip (MP3 download) of the Rwandans speaking at The School.
The genocide in Rwanda has been documented in detail by the UN and Human Rights Watch, so that “the horrors recorded here must remain alive in our heads and hearts; only in that way can we hope to resist the next wave of evil.”
Meanwhile, the madness continues in the Congo.
How do you overcame these beliefs?
The truth is your beliefs are your religion (MP3 download), one belief by one by one.
It’s impossible to change as long as you believe the negative thoughts that you yourself are thinking.
In this case, the beliefs of the Hutus led them to genocide: “Tutsis are evil,” “Tutsis are tyrants,” “Tutsis are cockroaches,” “Tutsis are our enemies.” What other ideas do you see as contributing to the cause of such violence and fear?
Remember, peace on Earth begins with you. And the four questions and the turnarounds and your examples of these turnarounds are there, within you, to enlighten you and bring you peace.
Before we judge others, let’s remind ourselves that in our thoughts, we all experience what the Hutus were thinking anytime we hate or fear another human being, even ourselves.