Any mention of my country in international news stories most often involves terrorism, religious conflicts, assassinations or bombings. Lebanon, once called "Switzerland of the East," has been suffering continuously since its infamous 15-year civil war ended in 1990, destroying both the country's economy and the people's hopes of living peacefully. Since then, many factors have made the recovery process even more difficult, including a series of assassinations that targeted Lebanese critics of the Syrian government in 2005. Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed in a huge explosion, equivalent to approximately 2,500 kg of TNT. Other activists and well-known journalists like Gebran Tueni and Samir Kassir were also assassinated, except journalist May Chidiac who cheated death.
Nigeria is the most populated nation in Africa and lies on the continents fault line between the largely muslim north and the predominantly christian south. For several years now radical muslims have been carrying out a holy war or “jihad” against christians in Nigeria in hopes of one day establishing a separate Islamic state in the country’s north. Over the last decade there have been thousands of christian fatalities perpetrated by muslim extremist. Christians every day are having their rights violated and live terrefied of possible attacks from terrorist organizations whose sole purpose is to attack Christians. The problem has intensified and grown to a point where police have to stand watch outside of church services to protect the people inside from possible attacks and raids from violent religious persecutors.
The Chadian Government just got done with a war that lasted a year between them and the rebel forces inN'Djamena. But even after the war security forces for the Chadian Government still continue to break Human Rights Laws by carrying out murder, which violates the human right to live, torture, Which violates the human right to live in safety, and forced disappearances, this violates everybodies human right to live in safety and freedom (“Amnesty Wants Chad…”). Another big thing going on in Chad is a huge conflict between the government and Sudan. Sudan has terrorized civilians of Chad to the point that they flee. This has gone on to the point that the civilians are afraid to return to Chad because they fear the violence starting back up again (“Emergency Relief…”).
Keeping food from the civilians does not even begin to describe the depth of government abuses in southern Sudan. Civil war has raged in southern Sudan since 1983, claiming the lives of some 1.3 million people, all southern civilians. The civilians have been targeted specifically, fallen in indiscriminate fire, or they have been stripped of their assets and displaced, such that they died of starvation and disease. The U.N. estimates that the population of southern Sudan declined by 1.9 percent in the year of 1993, and that the excess morality in that year was 220,000. This rate will continue to increase, and millions more people will die if things continue the way they have been.
When looking at the history of America, it is fascinating to see how the public schooling system even got started. The first schools in America were not public schools, as many would presume. Instead, “the first schools in the United States were religious and not secular” (Elifson 1). Nearly all public schools, up to the 1960’s incorporated religion and prayer in their classrooms; however, in the last 50 years, prayer and religion in public schools has been debated over countless times. Even in Hudsonville, Michigan, which holds the record in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most churches on a single street, there is much debate over prayer and the teaching of Christianity, or any religion, in the public schools.
The insurgeny began in Febuary 2003; goning virtually uunnoticed by the international community and shadowed by the ongoing war in Irac. The Sudan governent has been blamed for virtually every event during the past 22 years of civil unrest that has led up to the mass killing of hundreds and thousands of civilians. The many different ethinic groups in Sudan were constantly arguing and fighting over any and all issues and problems that could be brought upon to their attention; this led to growing tension. The mass killings in Sudan could be classified as ethnic cleansing; a term used to describe the killing of an ethnic group of people because their role in that society is unjustified or they are invading on terriotory that they are not welcome on. The Northern Region of Sudan, mostly made up of Muslims, who are Ethnically Arab, have had strained relationships with the South of Sudan Citizens who are mostly Christians and Animists for decades-The Sudan Government, compromising mostly of Muslims have been focused on raging war on the Africans living in Darfur.
We should care about Sudan because the people live without freedom of speech, they are in fear of their lives because of the raids run by the government forces, and young girls are being forced into marriage without consequence. In Sudan protesters are controlled with violence. Security forces in Sudan are known for their excessive force on protesters. Recently, In Nyala, of July 2012, government forces killed at least 12 students who were protesting transportation price increase (Sudan: Dozens…). According to Human Rights watch, the stated in the article Sudan: Dozens Killed During Protests, later through the same year, as protests got stronger, the police shot live ammunition into the crowd and putting innocent civilians in harm’s way.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the persecution of Christians has taken place in northern Nigeria. In the poverty-stricken nation, tension between Muslims and Christians runs high. The discrimination against Christians in the North along with violent attacks at the hands of the infamous Boko Haram violates several international laws and has led to the interference of the International Criminal Court and United States. Although the violence began in recent years, the conflict has been rising for centuries. James Verini from National Geographic, reports that Muslim merchants introduced Islam into the city of Kano in the 11th century.
Insurgency has been continuously rising in Nigeria especially since the return of democracy in 1999 taking several forms, under several auspices and for several purported aims. Every form of government activity geared towards putting an end to the insurgency menace has proven abortive as death toll keeps rising. With many killed and lots maimed for life, the government still maintains they are on top of the situation (Mohammed). These acts of terrorism bring suffering and untold hardship on the citizens of the country and it seems endless. Yet the federal government wants to grant amnesty to the terrorists.