Genocide in Darfur

Genocide in Darfur

Genocide in Darfur

The Genocide in Darfur is one of the most recent tragic events to occur in modern day history. The Darfur genocide has taken hundreds of thousands of lives in Darfur and the surrounding region, and the effects of the Genocide in Darfur are still very real and felt throughout the nation to this very day. In fact, the Darfur genocide has yet to cease, and it is believed that still even today, hundreds of people are being ruthlessly murdered and uprooted from their homes. Darfur is a region of Sudan, the largest country located in the continent of Africa. Sudan’s neighboring countries are Egypt to the north, Ethiopia and Eritrea to the east, Chad to the west, and the various countries of Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic lie along the southern border of Sudan. The Nile River, also the longest known river in the world, runs through the country of Sudan. Darfur is a region of Sudan which is approximately about the size of Texas, and is split into three main governments: West Darfur, South Darfur, and North Darfur. The majority of the population in Darfur is comprised of Muslim peoples, a racial diversity of several different African tribes as well as nomadic people who consider themselves Arab. Darfur is a relatively poor region, with many of the Africans and Arabs being peasant farmers and herders. The primary cause of the Genocide in Darfur is known to stem from the unfair and harsh treatment of the people of Darfur by the Sudan government. Though the Sudanese government publicly denies any prejudice and wrongdoing, they have been thought to support and fund the Janjaweed, a militia group mainly composed of Afro-Arabs, or Arabic speaking African tribes, who are primarily responsible for the initiation and continuance of the Darfur genocide.

It is believed that approximately 400,000 lives have been taken during the Darfur genocide, along with more than 2.5 million men, women, and children forced to leave their homes and become refugees, running for their lives. Presently, hundreds of civilians are being killed and chased from their villages. With each passing month, thousands more of innocent men, women, and children are killed, beat, humiliated, and raped while the Sudan government turns a blind eye. International intervention has done little to alleviate the Genocide in Darfur, and unfortunately, the crisis in Africa seems to show little to no signs of slowing down. Hundreds of relief effort groups and petitions have begun in the United States, and in 2006, Congress passed a bill called the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act. This act calls for the International Criminal Court to take action against the ruthless criminals in Darfur who continue to murder and humiliate not only the Darfur civilians, but activists, journalists, and aid workers as well. There are many ways for individuals in the United States to assist with the Genocide in Darfur, and taking action can be quick and simple. There are online petitions available to persuade the United States government to create funds to assist those suffering from the Darfur genocide. There are also hundreds of anti-genocide and activist groups who are constantly working to assist in any way possible for the Genocide in Darfur.

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