To better understand how to develop strategies for preventing genocide, Aegis views it. as more than a crime; like a spreading disease, it is the end result of a preventable process.
Perpetrators don’t usually start with a plan to totally destroy a group of people, but once exclusion becomes policy, a society may be on the road to this.
One of the most important roots for genocide lies in the way people and groups in society view themselves and their neighbours. When one group dehumanises certain other groups that they mistrust, fear or hate, political leaders may fan the flames of mistrust for their own purposes. Breaking the mistrust at a community level, and helping people to avoid being influenced by hate media and radical political leaders, is a key part of Aegis’ work.