The Darfur Genocide Essay

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According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a crisis is a difficult or dangerous situation that needs serious attention. It is a situation that has reached a critical phase. With that being said, what classifies an event in this time and age as a crisis? Is it when two planes implode into two towers, killing thousands of U.S citizens? Is it when a great earthquake leads to a devastating tsunami, reaping havoc on citizens of Japan? Is it when distressed banks in countries like Greece, Spain, and Ireland collapse—causing European middle classes to shrink and the poor to grow? We can agree that all of these are situations that have reached a critical phase. All of these are situations that have led up to a cry out for help. They were …show more content…
In Darfur, there is an ethnic battle being fought. Thousands of civilians are being killed and millions displaced by Arab Militias at this very moment. There is an ongoing struggle of ethnological dominance. Repetitive events of Africa’s past are being carried out by the indigenous people of the land, and they are not even aware of it. A phenomenon Wole Soyinka calls “The Tree of Forgetfulness”, and believes the very tree survives today (Soyinka 68). In early February of 2003, the first genocide of the 21st century began. This revolt was aimed at victims who were non-Arab, or victims who apart of African Tribal groups of Darfur. Tribal groups such as the Fur, the Massaleit, the Zaghawa, and the Tunjur were targets and have been politically and economically marginalized. The government refuses to control the violent raids of these helpless villages of Darfur. Competition between the Arab Militias and the African tribal groups over land and scarce primary resources had been made worse by the increasing loss of water throughout the land. Poor judiciary authority, lack of political representation, the Khartoum government’s failure to answer to the despairing economic needs of the region, and the growing exemption from responsibility on behalf of the Arab Militias have all turned the tension into a full-scale armed conflict (Sudan Tribune, Reeves) On the ninth of January, 2005, the Sudan Peace Agreement in Kenya

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