February 24 to February 26, 2016
World Without Genocide at
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
After the Holocaust, the world said “never again,” yet those words have come to mean “over and over again.” Although there are many complicated reasons why genocides happen, there is one simple reason: we let them happen.
We believe that ordinary people have the power to create a world without genocide. Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict is a multimedia, multicultural, multigenerational exhibit designed to educate people about genocide; explain the causes and consequences of genocide; present action steps to prevent it; and remember those in our own communities who have fled from these atrocities and whose families and communities have been destroyed.
Tents of Witness features tents that simulate those used in refugee camps. The tents each depict the story of different groups persecuted based on their identity: race, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Tents include the stories of Native Americans, Armenians, and the Holocaust; and the catastrophes in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, North Korea, Darfur, Argentina, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Each tent represents the diversity and beauty of each place and people. The exhibit illustrates clearly that no people or place has been immune from such atrocities.
World Without Genocide works to protect innocent people around the world; prevent genocide by combating racism and prejudice; advocate for the prosecution of perpetrators; and remember those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by violence. World Without Genocide envisions a future in which genocide and other mass atrocities, perpetrated against innocent people based solely on who they are, will disappear from the earth.