Genocide Crisis In Darfur

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Genocide Crisis In Darfur

  1. 1. Genocide: Crisis in Darfur Together we stand. Divided we fall. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. 2. How can one person make a difference?
  3. 3. On December 9th, 1948, at the National Genocide Convention, The United Nations promised “never again” about the horrors of Genocide. Yet every month over 15,000 people are killed in Darfur, Sudan What happened to that promise?
  4. 4. What is Genocide? The term “genocide” was derived from the Greek word for race or tribe, “geno,” and the Latin term for killing, “cide,” literally meaning the killing of a specific people. The murder of an entire ethnic group. One of the most well-known genocides was the Holocaust. Over 6 million Jews were slaughtered, as well as Poles, Homosexuals, Afro-Europeans, Gypsies, the Disabled. However, atrocities like the Holocaust still
  5. 5. Genocides and Mass Murders in the 20th Century Congo Free State- (Estimated 3- 30 million) Armenian- (1.5-2 million) Bosnia- (200,000+) Cambodia- (1.7- 3 million) Darfur- (ongoing) East Timor- (300,000) Guatemala India The Holocaust- (6 million) Namibia Rwanda- (500,000- 3 million) The Serbian genocide The Ukraine
  6. 6. WHERE IS DARFUR? on •Darfur is located in Sudan, a large country, south of Egypt, the eastern side of Africa. •Darfur is a region on the west side of Sudan, on the border Chad. •Population of Sudan: 38 million •Population of Darfur: 6 million •Life Expectancy: 58 years •Nearly 400,000 people have died, about 7% of the population • That’s equal to 60% percent of the population of North Dakota, 75% of the population of Wyoming •2.7 million people are internally displaced, Half of them children • About 120,000 refugees have crossed the border into Chad, a neighboring country
  7. 7. This is not a matter of African starving because of climate or poor crops This is genocide because a government is literally attacking a group of people with the intent of wiping them out. And, they were poor and
  8. 8. Since 2003, in order to consolidate its power, the Sudanese government has been fighting various rebel groups based in Darfur, especially the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). The government responded by hiring groups of Arab bandits and training them. They were called the “Janjaweed” which means “Devil on horseback.” The government gave them free reign to get rid of the SLA by any means necessary.
  9. 9. The means included: •Rape (Gang and Public) Violent Beatings  Murder  Abduction  Stealing cattle, personal possesions, food, clothing  Destroying homes and towns Burning homes and towns  Destroying water sources Separating families, shooting children, Close-range executions…any means necessary
  10. 10. Another tactic commonly used by the Janjaweed was trickery. They would call out to people claiming that they would do them no harm. “We were afraid and wanted to run away,” he said, “but they said: „No, no. We don‟t want to hurt you. We are the government. Don‟t be afraid. We are coming to save you.‟”
  11. 11. This map shows the number of villages the Janjaweed Destroyed or Damaged in Sudan
  12. 12. Celebrities, and Their steps to help Darfur George Clooney and father Nick Clooney- UN Peace Envoy, and Activist journalist Mia Farrow- Activist, Unicef ambassador, currently on a 21- day hunger strike to bring attention to Darfur Elie Wiesel- Speaker on Genocide and advocate for Darfur Don Cheadle- Co-Author of the book Not on Our Watch Steven Spielburg- Resigned as artistic adviser in 2008 Olympics in Response to China’s failure in helping Darfur Angelina Jolie- Ambassador for the UN refugee agency Matt Damon- Main supporter for “Day for Darfur” Brad Pitt- Ambassador for the UN refugee agency
  13. 13. However, Things may be turning around. Just recently the ICC (International Criminal Court), brought forth charges on the president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir for crimes against Humanity. If this man is persecuted, the lives of millions will change and this conflict could end.
  14. 14. Although the conflict would end, 2.7 million people will still have relocated, away from their homes, their families, their friends, and neighbors. They will still have been forced to start new lives, with little more than the clothes on their backs… 400,000 People would still have died
  15. 15. These are the people we need to help.

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