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Genocide: A Historical Perspective

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According to Dictionary.com Genocide is the “deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.” A few notable examples of genocide would be the War in Darfur, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Holocaust which are all among some of the worst genocides of the 20th century. The situation in Darfur is in part still going on today, while the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide are now a serious part of our world’s history. Each of these three genocides occurred due to political powers spinning out of control, and resulting in mass killings of those that the leaders did not favor. Although it seems that genocide is a part of history and it is put in the back of everyone’s minds, genocide does still exist today and will always be a part of people’s lives in this world.

The War in Darfur is a conflict that takes place in western Sudan and the conflict was due to ethical and racial issues oppose to religious issues. Though there have been reports of civilians being attacked due to no specific race or ethnicity. Darfur is home to approximately six million people and several dozen tribes. But the region is split between two main groups: those that are mainly of the African descent and those that are mainly of the Arab descent. The two groups are severely divided in almost every aspect of their lives except that of living in the same place. Therefore there have been many tensions and genocide was the result of it. One side of the armed conflicts is composed mainly of the Sudanese military and the Janjaweed, while the other side comprises a variety of rebel groups, such as the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement. The Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and Justice and Equality Movement (Je...

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