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Darfur paper - Nathan Rosenberg Carolyn Croissant English...

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Nathan Rosenberg Carolyn Croissant English I-Expository Writing Paper #3 The Bonfire of Humanity It is not often that an entire race is wiped from the face of the Earth. It is strange then to think that as genocide occurs now, in the modern world of internet and instant communication, that the world would overlook such a unique and disastrous occurrence as the disappearance of a people. It is easy to sit in your lazy boy, watch the football game, and ignore the hundreds of thousands of people dying across the ocean. If ignorance is bliss, then ignoring genocide must be ecstasy. However, the genocide occurring today in Darfur cannot be ignored, nor can any other genocide. The international community needs to acknowledge the need for action, and act on that need. In order to properly understand this conflict, one must have at least a basic understanding of how this violence began, and where it stands today. In 2003, rebel groups mounted an armed revolt against the government, saying that the government was neglecting the region of Darfur because of its largely black population. (Encarta 8) Government forces and recruited Arab militias (Janjaweed) fought rebel forces throughout 2003 and 2004, and at the end of 2004 the U.N. and the U.S. government accused the Sudanese government of recruiting the Janjaweed, which they denied. (Encarta 8) In July 2004 the U.N. passed a resolution that demanded that the government of Sudan disarm and prosecute the Janjaweed, or face disciplinary actions. (Encarta 8) There is no evidence that the Sudanese government has made any attempts to
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date to disarm the Janjaweed. In August 2004 the A.U. (African Union) began sending peacekeeping forces into Darfur. (Encarta 8) There have been various cease fires that have not held up, or were signed by too few of the parties involved to matter. The A.U. peacekeeping force is also so small (7000 people) that it is unable to make any real progress in the dispute. (Encarta 8) The U.N. even passed a resolution that would allow for a large peacekeeping force to be sent into Darfur, but the Sudanese government refuses to let the U.N. send peacekeepers. Meanwhile, more than 2 million Sudanese are living in refugee camps as the political machine spews hot air and does nothing. The conflict seems to be going nowhere. Assuming that the government is indeed recruiting the Janjaweed (and there are large amounts of evidence to support that it is) and that they are not really trying to stop the atrocities being committed regularly, then the people of Darfur do indeed need the aid of the international community. The small force supplied by the A.U. is not enough to bring about peace and the bloodshed will continue. If we believe that the government is not lying, and is indeed making genuine attempts to stop the violence in Darfur, then the
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