Genocide: For the Dead and Living We Must Bear Witness Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. The right to life seems like the most basic right; a person is born, and they have the right to breathe air, drink water, and make any other necessary decisions to live. However, every now and then someone (or a group of people) decides that a person, or an entire race, does not deserve to live.
Genocide, the purposeful and systematic killing of an entire race, religion, or other group is a huge problem in the world today. Genocide can kill millions of innocent civilians in a short period of time for simple things that they cannot change, like the color of their eyes, hair, skin, or even the width of their noses. The victims of genocide usually have no control over what they are being persecuted for, and are always too weak or unprepared to fight off the attacks on their race. According to the International Alliance Against Genocide, there are over 37 countries in the world today that are either in the early stages of or already committing acts of genocide. The problem with genocide is that usually the signs are ignored because people are not generally very educated on the subject. For example, the holocaust, one of the most publicized genocides is an event that everyone has heard of, but very few people know the actual meaning of the word Holocaust (sacrifice by fire) literally meaning that millions were murdered by being burned in incinerators. Also, it is common for people to know about the Holocaust but not know that the Holocaust was a genocide, or that genocide still exists today. The common misconception is that the Holocaust was a horrific one-time event, while in actuality genocide has happened numerous times and is still happening today. Genocide was the cause of death for at least 1.5 million Armenians, three million Ukrainians, Six million Jews; 250,000

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