Thousands of Dead Bodies is it a Genocide? No Not really
“Darfur is more than an occasional headline in the newspaper or 20 seconds on a forgotten nightly newscast. It is where genocide continues to happen while the rest of the world goes through the motions of concern but does nothing of substance to stop it. Will the world ever wake up?” (Steidle) Rape, murder, and destroying villages are happening in Darfur, Sudan. The Africans of Darfur having nowhere to go, and almost the whole population in Darfur starving to death, villages being torched, and people fleeing to refugee camps, and still not being able to feel safe and fearing for their life every day. The genocide in Darfur has been an ongoing thing since 2003. One reason the genocide happened was because the depleting resources of land and oil, the reason it escalated was because the Janjaweed were united with the Arabic government to see an end to the Africans of Sudan. Secondly, because of the Janjaweed military destroying villages and leaving nothing behind, the people of Sudan had to flee to seek shelter in refugee camps, where still they were not safe from the Janjaweed military. Lastly, more than 3 years go by without anyone noticing that the genocide has been going on in Darfur, the UN has tried to compromise with the people of Darfur in an attempt to stop the genocide from happening, but the killing and the destruction keeps happening. I will argue that even though the resources are being fought over and the people are being killed and villages are being destroyed the world needs to help and not sit back and watch this happen. “Despite the increase in world attention toward Sudan in the past months, the genocide in Darfur has continued without any serious attempt by the Sudanese government to do what governments primarily exist to do, protect their citizens.” (Tom) Since Februrary 2003 Darfur Sudan has been in civil war. The government of Sudan which is mostly Muslim and their president, Omar al-Bashir, focused the war on Africans that resided in the Abyei territory, and the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, which are all in Darfur, Sudan. At the heart of Darfur is an extinct volcano in a mountainous area called Jebel Marra. Around it the land is famously fertile, and it was here that the earliest known inhabitants of Darfur lived – the Daju. (Baird) The Africans had been in control of the oil reserves and grazing lands. Unfortunately, the environment has not been helpful to the people of Sudan. It has been in a severe and consistently long drought causing the Arabs to move towards more fertile lands, thus creating a strain in the relationship with the Africans. Because the Arabs began using the land that has primarily been the Africans, fights and arguments broke out between the two parties. Indiscriminate aerial bombardments and ground attacks prevented farmers from planting crops. (Meyers) This was only the beginning of the chaos that was about to occur in Darfur, the start was when in the spring of 2003 the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality movement rebelled and attacked the military to fight against the marginalization of the Darfur people. After that the violence only became worse when the Sudan government decided to side with the Arabs. The real problem began with the government and the military decided to support the Janjaweed. The literal translation of Janjaweed is “devils on horseback.” (Biggs) The Janjaweed are distinct from, but allied with, the indigenous nomadic Arab tribes of Darfur in the conflict. (Biggs) Janjaweed militiamen are primarily members of nomadic "Arab" tribes (Brenden) the Janjaweed Militia destroys anything in their path, people, houses, villages. As the name implies, they move across the region, leaving nothing in their wake but destruction, scattering survivors throughout the IDP and refugee camps, and ensure the victims they keep have no place to return. (Biggs) With the Sudan backing the...
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