Essay about Democratic Republic of Congo Holocaust

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Holocaust was the bloodiest war fought. This was due to the death toll, possibly larger than that of the Holocaust. Between 1998 and 2007, there were a total of 5.4 million people dead. The number of those deaths has definitely gone up over the years (Heaton 1). Genocide is very vital because of the people being slaughtered and giving their lives away in order to support their political stance. Everyone, whether it is through war or poverty, suffers from this immense tragedy. I was interested in the topic due to the little bit of research I did. Through the research, I found out it was still going on today. I was taken aback by the fact this has been going on for so long and there is so little effort…show more content…
The deaths in this war are terrifyingly close to those in the Holocaust (Heaton 1). The massive death toll would include that of the Rwanda Holocaust and the Congo Holocaust. These deaths include murder, suicides, starvation, poverty, and disease. The political aspect of this situation is the government killing off rebels and targeting specific groups such as Hutu’s, Tutsi’s, and the DRC. They target people to rile up a dispute, start the war, and gain allies (World without Genocide 2). Many people are dying whether due to poverty, indirectly, or political stance, directly. The people suffering from the poverty aspect are getting the effects of the mass murders and the country’s political instability. Genocide describes the heinous act of killing others in order to prove the point. In this case, Rwanda’s government is targeting specific people. The Congo War, a massive destruction to their country, is genocide. One reason it is, in fact, genocide is due to the amount of murders occurring. “But so far the brutal war in eastern Congo has not only lasted longer than the Holocaust but also appears to have claimed more lives [than the Holocaust],” (Kristof 1). This shows that although unpopular and unknown to most, the Congo War devastates further than what it seems like at first. The everyday struggle people go through to stay alive is relative, bloodier, and more
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