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Genocide - Klimczyk 1 Matt Klimczyk Mrs Smail English Comp...

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Klimczyk 1 Matt Klimczyk Mrs. Smail English Comp. 2 1:00 The United States has always been known as a care giving nation. A country that will come to the aid of another nation that is under attack, or in a time of need. Right now that nation in trouble is Darfur, a western region of Sudan. Genocide is taking place right now in Darfur, funded by its own Sudanese government. Adam Jones describes genocide in his book, Genocide, as a deliberate extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group (2). These actions taking place right now are very similar to that of the holocaust. So why, now that it has been brought to the national media’s attention, is there no immediate action being taken to end this terrible tragedy. The U.N. has approximated the death toll to 250,000, along with 2.5 million run out of their villages, in fear of death if they stay. John Shattuck brings up a valid point in his article, that we should recognize this as an opportunity for the United States to begin to recommence its role in the world as a defender of human rights, after its disastrous intervention in Iraq (US Can Help End Darfur Genocide). Taking steps to keep peace in Darfur would be a great way to clean their image. The United States,
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Klimczyk 2 in unison with the U.N., should shift focus onto the Genocide in Darfur. How long must these atrocities go on for before it is deemed necessary to step in? Five years and three months, to this date, should suffice. Why did this reign of terror suddenly start during February of 2003? The conflict in Darfur is the aftermath of drought, desertification, and overpopulation, as M.W. Daly notes in his book Darfur’s Sorrow (274). The two sides of this “war” are made up of the Sudanese government and the Janjaweed. The Janjaweed are a government funded militia who are doing the brunt of the killing and ravishing of the Darfur villages. This militia is made up of mainly Arab Baggara; camel herding nomads (Daly 278). The other side of this armed fight, as Brian and Gretchen Steidle noted in their book The Devil Came on Horseback, is the rebel groups The Sudan Liberation Movement, and The Justice and Equilibrium Movement (29). These two groups are formed by recruitments made by non-Arab ethnic groups such as the Fur, Zaghawa, and the Massaleit (30). The Sudanese
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