According to Genocide Watch, between 1.7 and 2.2 million people died in the Cambodian Genocide. (Genocide) Which was approximately twenty-five percent of the population in a short three year period stated World Without Genocide. (Walker) This horrible tragedy was caused by Pol Pot and the Kmer Rouge in most of Cambodia, in the 1970’s, because of religion and order. In Cambodia this devastation made everyone a peasant. First, who was Pol Pot and the Kmer Rouge?
The Khmer Rouge concurred Cambodia by completely destroying civilizations and killing about two million people in the process, resulting to the psychological scars that remain within Cambodians till this day. Additionally, the Cambodian communist movement developed from the country’s struggle against the French, and was impacted by the Vietnamese (CambodiaTribunalMonitor). In 1973, Khmer Rouge placed almost half a million tons of bombs on Cambodia, with the help of the United States, causing the death of more than a quarter million of people. Some of those who lost family members or harbored a grudge, joined the Khmer Rouge. They didn’t have much of a choice because they were abandoned, or they were forced to join the movement.
The Khmer Rouge years was a period of time that devastated all of the small country Cambodia, a story that was so well told by Loung Ung about the Pol Pot regime. The Khmer Rouge years was from 1975 to 1979 (http://www.cambodiatribunal.org). The Khmer Rouge, otherwise known as Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK), conquered Cambodia for four years. The Khmer Rouge forced people to work in the fields including children. To make matters worse, the people that were forced to work were also malnourished and were living in grim conditions (http://www.wcl.american.edu).
Both Genocides are different in there own ways. The goal of the Cambodian genocide was to revert back to “year zero” and to make everyone work on a huge collection of farms. Whereas the goal of the Holocaust was to create a “master race” which ended up killing over 6 million people. These genocides are also similar in many ways, two of which are their government overthrows and who they killed. The Cambodian Genocide and the Holocaust are unique in the areas of reason and aftermath effect.
Webster Dictionary defines the word genocide as; the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group. Cambodia was a mostly peaceful, small country in South Asia with a population of about 7 million. Imagined being brutally ripped from your family and never seeing them again, being run out of your home, and never knowing what will happen next. In 1975, Cambodia hit all 8 stages of a genocide, being one of the deadliest genocides.The genocide began after The genocide first began after the Cambodian war with the Khmer Rouge taking over Phnom Phen with the help of U.S bombings. About 2 million people died during the genocide because of the Khmer Rouge.
These people died of exhaustion and starvation. Therefore, the mass murders that took place in Cambodia was a genocide and not a civil war as the people of Cambodia had no means to defend themselves while the Khmer Rouge went on a killing spree that cost two million lives in an attempt to “ purge out impudence” and to model Tse Tsung Mao’s communist China .
Genocide was one of the traits of the Khmer Rouge’s New Kampuchea, this was often seen in the use of prisons or more correctly referred to as “execution facilities.” Tuol Sleng, previously called S-21, was probably the most infamous of Khmer Rouge prisons, here 20,000 prisoners died and only seven were ever know to make it out alive. The largest massacre in Tuol Sleng was on May 27. 1978 and 582 were executed that day. An even gorier occurrence than a typical day at Tuol Sleng was during the January of 1979 when fleeing Khmer officials slit the throats of all remaining prisoners and left them chained to their cots, blood spilling out. At a typical execution in any of the “prisons”,
In the process they killed up to 750,000 Cambodians. Heavy American bombardment led many to join the Khmer Rouge, which was led by Pol Pot. Now Cambodia had its own group of communists, the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge than preceded with a plan to turn Cambodia into a communist country where they believed all civilians would work on farms. They overthrew the government and proceeded with their plan.
Many Armenians were killed during the genocide. Vartan Kazarian a researcher in “The University of Michigan-Dearborn” said, “One and a half million Armenians were killed, out of a total of two and a half million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.” The Turks killed the Armenians and took their lands and made them march off to concentration camps in the desert between Jerablus and Deir ez-Zor where they would starve and thirst to death in the burning sun. The Ottoman Empire moved the Armenians from their own land with their power and annihilated them from their more than 3 thousand ... ... middle of paper ... ...alist Ogun Samast.” The statement implies that Turkey is still not giving Armenians human rights and the right to speak up whatever they want, because Hrant Dink wanted Armenian’s rights in Turkey and he tried to speak up in the newspaper “Agos”, the Turks threatened him and eventually ended up murdering him. Not only they killed the Armenian author they also did not punish the murderer. This indicates that Turks still don’t let Armenians have freedom to speak up and have their rights.
The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 lasted only for a brief period and lasted for approximately a hundred days. During that time, an estimated amount of 800 000 people were slaughtered. Beginning on April of 1994, massacres were held on a daily basis with the intent to eliminate an ethnic group known as the Tutsi by another ethnic group known as the Hutus. This genocide was overlooked by the United Nations, and the superpowers of the time offered very little or no assistance at all to Rwanda. The civil unrest between the Hutus and the Tutsi has been in place since the Belgians segregated the two groups after being handed Rwanda after World War I.