Silent genocide in Darfur


Genocide is unfolding as the world watches and refuses to mention its name. Up to 1 million people face death in Darfur (western Sudan) as a result of an ongoing government campaign to destroy a portion of its population. For more than a year, the Khartoum government (Sudan Gov.) has systematically obstructed access to Darfur and blocked efforts to establish a relief program. More recently, it has failed to honor the cease-fire it signed in April. As a result, Darfur now faces the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with 30,000 people already killed and more than a million internally displaced.

The conflict in Darfur began in early 2003 when ethnic African rebels took up arms against the Arab-dominated government. Some people accuse Sudan of arming the janjaweed militias that have terrorized Darfur villages. Sudan, geographically Africa’s largest country, has experienced civil war with only a ten-year pause since independence in 1956. More than 2 million people have been killed and twice that many displaced in the long-running war between successive governments of the north and peoples of the south.

To be honest, I’ve never really known what people were referring to when they mentioned Darfur until about a week ago (02/xx/08). The genocide in Darfur has been happening for about 5 years, men, women, children being murdered for 5 years, and I’m just now hearing about it for really the first time. If it hadn’t been for my English teacher who was showing a small documentary on Darfur, I would still have no idea this was happening.

In 2003, instead of hearing about the genocide in Darfur, we were enveloped around imaginary weapons of mass destruction and the war in Iraq. I don’t really watch CNN and FOX news and all the other major news providers, but I know for a fact that they pounce on any minor story that they can and play it over and over and over again. So maybe back in 2003 when I wasn’t really watching the news, they gave Darfur some attention, but they sure haven’t shown it any attention lately, and it’s not like things have calmed down, people are still getting killed, people are still being forced out of there homes by the millions. Yet America doesn’t feel it’s worthy enough to give it just a little air time, just so people who were like me would at least know this was going on?

It’s pretty obvious (to me at least) that if the people of Darfur were white, we would have stopped this back in 2003, or if Darfur had oil we could profit from, we would have been over there in a heart beat. It seems like if there’s no profit in it for the US, we never seem to get involved, which in itself is sad, because it shows just how selfish the US government is. But it’s not only the United States fault, the local government in Darfur refuses to acknowledge genocide is even taking place, obviously because they are the ones who armed the local militia called jajaweed and gave them immunity to go ransack and kill villages.

To sum it up, this is really just one of those tragedies where all you can watch in horror, the most you can send your 50 Dollars to a local organization and hope it makes a difference. Apparently writing about it wont help, because people have been writing about it and no one seems to notice, every ones more interested in whether Chris Brown actually beat up Rihanna.

Interesting stories from Darfur Click Here.


~ by everythingdiablo on February 16, 2009.

One Response to “Silent genocide in Darfur”

  1. When people of colour kill other people of colour, the west does not really register it as a threat, that is why mugube is allowed to murder the electorate that he does not like and it does not warrant the headlines that the land reclaimations from white farmers did.

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