Never Again

“Never Again” was a great commitment, and it didn’t last very long. Forced in response to the Holocaust, the promise stood not only as a reminder of that great tragedy, but as a vow to prevent genocide from happening again. Then came Bosnia. And Rwanda. And now, it’s widely-charged, Darfur.

Young eyes across the country have been watching the glaringly ineffectual response of the international community to large-scale rape, murder and displacement. And they’re doing something about it. They’ve created The Genocide Intervention Network, a youth-powered group that hopes — with dues and letter-writing campaigns and privately-financed boots on the ground — to stop the rape and killing and shame Washington into acting.

They are young, and idealistic. They are also savvy and determined and testing the limits of citizen action in the face of genocide.

Hear about saying Never Again Again with a new generation of activists.


Mark Hanis, Chief Executive of the Genocide Intervention Network, Washington DC. Rebecca Hamilton, Harvard University Graduate Student and founder of Harvard’s Darfur Action Group

Samantha Power, Professor of Human Rights Practice at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

Jonah Fisher, BBC Correspondent based in Khartoum.

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