The United States Should Stay Out of Darfur

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Darfur is located in north western Sudan and north eastern Africa. The conflict in Darfur started in 2003. The main problems are genocide, displacement of the people, the lack of food and medicine, and the Sudanese government. These are huge problems and need to be solved without the United States intervening. The United States has economic and social problems at home. The crude oil and imports to the United States from Africa could shut down. The conditions for the civilians in Darfur could get worse if the United States interferes. The United States should not intervene in Darfur; the United States has serious problems at home, oil resources could be shut down to the United States, and things could get worse for the civilians. “Genocide” comes from the Greek word “genos” and means race or tribe. The Latin suffix “cide” means to kill. Since the beginning of the conflict, more than 400,000 people have been killed (Steidle). Graphic photos from The Devil Came on Horseback illustrate how men, women, and children were handcuffed and burned alive. This seems a lot like Hitler killing the Jews. The government or Janjaweed attacks occur randomly in the villages. They kill or castrate the men and rape the women. These acts of violence happen for no reason and without any remorse or compassion. After the attacks, vehicles and airplanes destroy everything and everybody left in the villages. There have been 2.5 million or more displacements of the civilians (Steidle). They flee their homes and settle in camps. Most of the camps are located in Southern Darfur, Northern Darfur, and in Chad. The documentary, Lost Boys in Sudan, shows thousands of boys fleeing through the desert. Many died because of dehydration and star... ... middle of paper ... ...ringing more refugees to the United States. The United States cannot save the whole world. The U.S. is always the first in line to help other countries. The time is here for the rest of the world to step up and do their part. Works Cited The Devil Came on Horseback. Dirs. Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Perf. Brian Steidle. 2007. Documentary. Gholz, Eric and Daryl G. Press. "U.S. Energy Security Is Not Threatened." 2008. Ed. David M. Haugen. Detroit. Greenhaven Press. Gale Database. Bowling Green Technical College Library. Web. 8 April 2010. Lost Boys of Sudan. Dirs. Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk. 2003. Documentary. Save Darfur Coalition. Save Darfur. Web. 9 April 2010. Thielke, Thilo. "Corrupt Leaders Are Squandering Africa's Natural Resources." 2009. Ed. Debra A. Miller. Gale Database. Bowling Green Technical College Library. Web. 8 April 2010.
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