Kirubakaran Amalraj Amalraj 1
8 May 2008
Darfur: A genocide that we can stop
Genocide is the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group. At least that is how it is defined in a dictionary. But what does it personally mean to a person .The people of Darfur, Sudan have been terrorized and murdered but the U.S. has done nothing major to respond . People however became furious at Michael Vick for abusing dogs, and they worked hard to put him in jail. Why is it that nothing even close has been done when thousands of people are killed.
This is not a problem that just began, this is something that has happened over the course of 20 years. But the problem mainly increased in the past 5 years, and as of last year the death toll was at 200,000 and now it is expected to be at least 300,000 (Chan: New Darfur death toll estimate). The Janjaweed, are the Arab militiamen are the ones responsible for carrying out the murders. Even though there is enormous proof that the Sudanese government are the ones supplying the janjaweed the government is denying any involvement.
The methods of the janjaweed are nothing fancy. Some of their behavior is no different than that of a common thief. They raid villages and steal anything that looks valuable, But that is what would be called their soft side. They also rape and torture women in the villages, then finally they murder them.
Sudan gained it’s independence form Great Britain in 1956. They were never able to develop further from this because of the
two civil wars that followed the independence. In addition to 2 famines that devastated the country in the 1980’s and the 1990’s. (Sudan: Darfur villagers 'facing famine), The civil war and the famines combined left an estimated two million dead and four million homeless. (Xavier 7). The U.S. can no longer stand by and watch these horrible crimes being committed, and...