Interviews with Survivors | April GAPM film series starts April 1 (tomorrow)

Hi everyone,

Living Ubuntu volunteer, Alicia Buly, has been meeting with survivors of genocide and interviewing them for our blog. These pieces are absolutely essential reading. Many of these survivors will be speakers at the April film series events. Three of the interviews are below.

When we heard that the international soldiers were leaving the country, it was a disappointment. We were discouraged then. It was like a betrayal. They were betraying us. – Edith Umugiraneza
Finding Strength in Testimony – An Interview with Edith Umugiraneza (April 1 – Rwanda)

My grandmother asked: “Are there any Armenians left?” What she and her companion had witnessed during the deportation made them think they were the only Armenians left in the world. – Levon Marashlian
Activism Through Education – An Interview with Levon Marashlian (April 2 – Armenian)

My grandmother talked about how peaceful life was before the genocide… …after the Khmer Rouge, everything changed. – Zaklin Phat
Cambodia’s Past Shapes America’s Future – An Interview with Zaklin Phat (April 3 – Cambodia)

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Our humanity… dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others

The most common, and often deadly, form of human unconsciousness is the perennial confusion of inside and outside. We think we perceive something in the outside world when actually it is a projection of inner content. The result could be stalking, scapegoating, genocide or the billion he said/she said arguments going on any time of the day or night. Unless we are taking the contra naturum path of rigorous self-examination, we live in a state of continual projection.
– Jonathon Zap

Hi everyone,

For the longest time I have wanted to offer a workshop about, “Humanizing the Perpetrator”. Maybe at some point I will, yet, it’s not a very popular topic. The only time Living Ubuntu had to cancel a retreat due to lack of registration was in 2012 when we sought to offer: When We Become the Thing We Hate: How our trauma and unhealed wounds erode empathy, fuel fear, and create “others”.

When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.
– Desmond Tutu

I can’t tell you how much I wanted to do that retreat! I am passionate about these very challenging topics. I see them as essential aspects of individual and global healing, and Ubuntu: what dehumanizes you, inexorably dehumanizes me. Continue reading

We survive because we can love.

Humankind would not have endured and cannot continue without the capacity to form rewarding, nurturing, and enduring relationships. We survive because we can love. And we can love because we can empathize — that is, stand in another’s shoes and care about what it feels like to be there.
 – Bruce Perry & Maia Szalavitz

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June 25, 2009 is a date of great historical significance. It is the day Michael Jackson died. Seeking to process the shock and heartbreak brought on by the suddenness of his passing, people spoke of little else that day, especially in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, also on that day, Martina Knee, of the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition, flew in to LAX, as I drove up from Orange County (and got distinctly, profoundly lost), in order to meet with Peter Marcus, of Jewish World Watch, in his Los Angeles law office. As Carl Wilkens Fellows (an anti-genocide leadership program) our meeting was to discuss a possible statewide initiative: to get the state of California to pass legislation for April to receive the official designation, Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. Continue reading

Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future: April 3 (Cambodia)

April 2014 Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.
– Desmond Tutu

Remembering the Past toward Healing our Future

A free six-event commemorative film series featuring stories of survivors and their children

Enemies of the People (2009)

GENOCIDE: Cambodia
Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:30p – 9p

Golden West College
Student Center
15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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(see below for free PARKING details)
Speakers: Fran Faraz, Dr. John Hall, Kreng Krich, Zaklin Phat
Space is limited.

Community booths from partnering organizations will be set up inside the Student Center before the event, beginning at 5:30p. Continue reading