25 April 2004
Commemorating Rwanda ten years later, we should recall all those around the world who were victims of
murder and torture because of their faith, colour or ethnic background. Hatred like love comes in
There is a season for everything -- for peace or war, for conflict or harmony, for an extended hand
or a clenched fist. The United Nations is a venue of peace -- an instrument of human dignity. During
the Rwanda test, we discovered that there is evil, like good, everywhere -- in societies, countries
and also in organizations.
Good came through those who desperately tried to prevent a massacre; evil was reflected through
those who have no value to other humans. Good was expressed by those who immediately branded it
genocide; evil was projected by those looking for any excuse to label it other forgivable terms.
Good shone through Senegalese Captain Mbaye, who gave his life to save women and children; evil was
shown by those who informed on him. Good is in every work of those who uphold U.N. human
principles; evil lurks within those who betray them. Oh God, deliver us from evil.