Delirious? bring 'Hope' to Rwanda

Published: 2006-05-16
UK band, Delirious? had frontman Martin Smith and guitarist Stu G travel to Rwanda where they combated the broken hearts and country, ravaged by genocide with their message of hope.

In 1994 Rwanda, Africa had millions of innocent people brutally murdered in a period of only 100 days. The Belgian colonization had divided two groups of people, the Tutsis and the Hutus, the latter made up 90% of the population and they plotted to retaliate and kill all of the Tutsis to gain power. Husbands murdered their own wives and children saw their parents shot before their eyes.

Hope: Rwanda 100 Days of Hope was held in the city of Kilgali along with other initiatives to shed some light into the war torn place. Everyone who came helped build houses, took Bibles into prisons, trained doctors, and housed orphans who previously wandered the streets. Delirious? had 20-30,000 people come out to their concert where such songs as "Majesty" rang through the air.

Martin Smith said of the event, "Our experience again heightened the fact of how man can be so evil to each other, but in the end good prevails because deep in the hearts of people we are made to want good, not evil. This made me realize that there is a God, and in Rwanda I was reminded that this great God is alive and lives in the hearts of many broken, but joyous people."

For more information visit www.hoperwanda.org or for Delirious?, www.delirious.co.uk.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff

   

 

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