Darfur Genocide-The Genocide America Forgot

America has chosen to ignore the Darfur genocide until very recently. After much debate about whether or not Darfur is in actual danger of genocide, the United States decided in 2004 that the Darfur genocide is a legitimate genocide.

The Darfur genocide refers to the current mass slaughter and rape of Darfuri men, women, and children in Western Sudan. The killings started in 2003 and continue still today as the first genocide in the 21st century. The genocide started when the war in Darfur started because of rebel attacks on Sudan's government. The rebel attacks have been carried out by the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). The Sudanese government responded to these attacks by carrying out a campaign of 'ethnic cleansing' against Darfur's non-Arabs. This produced tens to hundreds of thousands of deaths and the indictment of Sudan's president for genocide and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. (ICC)

Map of Darfur, Sudan

The genocide is being carried out by a group of government-armed and funded Arab militias referred to as the janjaweed, which loosely translates to 'devils on horseback'. Although the Sudanese government publicly denies that it supported the janjaweed, evidence shows that it provided financial assistance and weapons and coordinated joint attacks, many against civilians. The janjaweed systematically destroy darfurian towns and villages, looting economic resources and polluting water sources in the process. As of today, 480,000 people have been killed and over 4.8 million people are sent to another country, or displaced, on account of the janjaweed militia.

Newly Displaced Family

Attacks on Darfuri villages commonly begin with Sudanese air bombings followed by Janjaweed militia raids. All remaining men, women, and children are either murdered or forced to flee. Stealing goods, burning food stocks, and enslaving and raping women and children are common in attacks.

America has chosen to ignore the Darfur genocide. The American government has recognize it but that hasn't stopped the mass killings in Darfur, Sudan.

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Website"Darfur, the Genocide America Forgot | Al Jazeera America." Darfur, the Genocide America Forgot. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2015.



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