Genocides Past and Present

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Genocides Past and Present

Genocide, a dire event, has been recurring time and time again throughout history. In the past, there was the Holocaust, where Hitler exterminated over six million Jews based on his anti-semitic views. Elie Wiesel, a Jewish author, has become a very influential man in educating the world of the true events of the Holocaust due to his involvement in the disaster. Presently, a genocide is occurring in the Darfur region of southern Sudan, in which according to Cheryl Goldmark, “a systematic slaughter of non-Arab residents at the the hands of Arab militiamen called Janjaweed” has been taking place since 2003. (1) Not only is genocide a tragic historical event, it also continuously occurs today.

Genocide in general, is the mass killing of a certain group of people for any biased reason, whether it be race, religion, or regional differences. Throughout history genocide has occurred countless times. When we look back on our past as humans we often see certain groups relentlessly murdering and attacking members of others; whether it was caused by the competition for resources, the need for a scapegoat, or any other segregating factor. According to the 1948 Convention,

“Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial, or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group to another group.” (Manaktala 180)

Despite how devastating it is, genocide continuously occurs because the...

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