English 1-period 1
04 March 2013
Darfur, Sudan Genocide
Atrocities such as genocide could very well be considered an "ethnic cleansing" in some cases. But why do people debate whether or not the situation is one or the other? What exactly is the difference between the two? Well, what's the difference between a brown and yellow banana? A ripe, red strawberry or a black, shriveled one? An ethnic cleansing, yellow banana, and ripe red strawberry all have one thing in common: they "look better" than the other. In reality, as much as some things may be sugarcoated, their meaning stays the same. The words and images used by people in Sudan against non-Muslims gained support from many others to turn against residents of Darfur. This movement destroyed people within Darfur, Darfur as a whole, and Sudan as a country. A recent genocide in Sudan began in 2003, and is still sweeping away lives today. The Janjaweed are a Sudanese militia group that decided to evict non-Muslims. However, the eviction was the expulsion of the non-Muslims by death. So far, about 480,000 people have been murdered, and 2.8 million people have fled their homes and country to nearby Chad to ensure safety (worldwithoutgenocide.org). How would it feel to have the president of your country establish its religion, knowing there were groups of people that didn't share that belief? As Sudan's president Omar Hassan al-Bashir stated to his people, "Shariah and Islam will be the main source for the Constitution, Islam the official Kochanek 2
religion, and Arabic the official language" (nytimes.com). This statement applied pressure to those living in Darfur, the region affected by the genocide. It clearly showed discrimination to non-Muslims, and that their beliefs are unacceptable. On the contrary, America's president Barack Obama takes a different stance on the subject. As he said in 2006, "Today we know what is right, and today we know what is wrong. The slaughter of innocents is...
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