News stories take different forms. We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) focuses on positive news stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media.
The news features I want to discuss on this 18th edition of WATWB are on Facebook: Humans of New York in particular.
For those of you not on Facebook, you can read about this page here.
Essentially it is a Facebook page by a very good photographer: portraits of everyday people in New York, and a few lines in the voice of the subject of the photograph. Only it is no longer that any more.
Humans of New York, or HONY has become a force for good: its creator Brandon Stanton has travelled the world, brought us stories from various countries all the way from Pakistan to Sudan and Philippines. He’s raised funds for schools in the United states and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
I’ve been a follower of this page for years, but the recent series on the genocide in Rwanda has shaken me up. The stories are horrific to read, but in the spirit of WATWB, in darkness be the light, I think they need to be read–the stories of barabaric cruelty of one group of humans towards another. It is not easy reading, but it is necessary reading. Here’s one. Read all 9 parts–it is a harrowing, but good use of your time. Trigger warning: Don’t read it if you’re having a bad day.
These are stories of violence, its inception and its progress, of heroes and villains that far outstrip any in fiction, and forgiveness of a scale scarcely imaginable.
If humanity has to learn not to repeat another genocide, it is important we take lessons from this one.
Have you ever read the posts at humans of New York on Facebook or the genocide in Rwanda? What stories of violence and forgiveness have you read before?
This post was the 18th installment of the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.
This monthly event has brought smiles on the faces of a lot of participants and their audiences, and somewhat restored their faith in humanity. Here’s a sampler. Click here to know more. Sign up here and add your bit of cheer to the world on the next installment of November 30, 2018!