Genocide: A Historical Perspective Essay

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According to Dictionary.com Genocide is the “deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.” A few notable examples of genocide would be the War in Darfur, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Holocaust which are all among some of the worst genocides of the 20th century. The situation in Darfur is in part still going on today, while the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide are now a serious part of our world’s history. Each of these three genocides occurred due to political powers spinning out of control, and resulting in mass killings of those that the leaders did not favor. Although it seems that genocide is a part of history and it is put in the back of everyone’s minds, genocide does still exist today …show more content…
The Janjaweed patrol the camps and men are killed and women are raped if they wander off in search of firewood or other needed supplies (“Q&A…”)
Many activists refer to the crisis in Darfur as genocide, including the Save Darfur Coalition and the Genocide Intervention Network, though some argue that there is a lack of evidence in pointing to genocide. However the topic could no longer be debated when on 14 July 2008, prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC), filed ten charges of war crimes against Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, three counts of genocide, five of crimes against humanity and two of murder. The ICC's prosecutors have claimed that al-Bashir "masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy in substantial part" three tribal groups in Darfur because of their ethnicity. It has been seven years since the genocide in Darfur began; over 2.7 million people have been displaced, or killed due to the genocide that takes place in Darfur (“Q&A…”). In 1994 between the months of April and June approximately 800,000 Tutsis were killed in Rwanda. That is a systematic killing brought out majorly by the Hutus. The genocide was started when the death of the Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu occurred. The president’s plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994. The Hutus pointed their fingers to the Tutsis and deemed them responsible for this attack, though it is believed by the Tutsis that it was a Hutu extremist. After