Essay on Systematic Killing in Darfur, Sudan

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A disaster is unfolding in Darfur, a region on the western side of Sudan. Currently, the people of Darfur have been continually assaulted by the Sudanese army and by other private armies controlled by Sudan’s government. One of these armed forces is called the Janjaweed and some believe it means, “Devil on horseback” or from the Persian language (Farsi) believe it translates to, “warrior”. In Darfur, families are being murdered, raped, and starved by the thousands. Innocent civilians in Darfur continue to be victims of unthinkable brutality since 2003. Many people have become homeless and seek protection in refugee camps in Chad. Although, it’s evident appearance, Darfur has a wide range of different ethnicities and an intricate way …show more content…
Nonetheless, outside forces in current years have been trying to cause conflict between the two groups. The reason for this is that a divided Darfur is less of a threat to other opposing regions. Furthermore, the region of Darfur is roughly the size of Texas. Its enormity is one of the sources of the current conflict because most this region is not easily within reach. Traveling in and out of the secluded areas is very tough. There are an unfortunately small amount of all-weather roads. The attackers can travel the land much more easily, making it even more difficult for the villagers. The isolated areas make it hard for humanitarian workers and journalists to learn about the activity in the region. This makes it also not easy to determine the definite amount of people influenced by the desolation of warfare and famine. In addition, Darfur’s terrain can be classified into four individual sections: mountains, basement rock, watercourses, and sand. In Darfur a large amount of the arable land consists of goz (soil sediment where vegetation grows). Goz can be useful for farming but primarily offers land for grazing herds (Xavier 15). Then, through a process the land around the watercourses and the goz makes the land fertile. Each year the land becomes less arable. Also desertification (process that includes arable land decreasing and the desert area increasing), deforestation, drought and over use of the land have fueled the conflict

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