What is Genocide?
Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group.

Darfur (Darren)
In Darfur, located in Sudan, there have been occurances of the genocide of christians because of their religion. As a result a war has broken out in Darfur between the JEM and NRF factions against the country of Sudan. There has been a lot of international response to this situation. The United Nations said the situation is "characterized by gross and systematic violations of human rights and grave breaches of international law". It called for the Security Council to take urgent action to protect Darfur's citizens including the deployment of a joint UN/African Union force. The recently elected Barack Obama said he would provide helicopters and logistics support to the AU. There also has been a lot of criticism for this conflict because people believe that not enough action is being take. In many countries there are support rallies asking the government to take action. In 2004 it is estimated that there has been 50,000 causulties in the Darfur region since the beginning of the conflict, mostly due to starvation. By 2006 that number skyrocketed to over 400,000 dead.
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Cambodia (Antonio)
On April 17th, 1975 the Khmer Rouge( Red Cambodians), a communist guerilla group led by Pol Pot, took over Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. They forced all of the city dwellers into the countryside and to labor camps. During this it’s estimated that 2 million Cambodians dies of starvation, torture or execution. The Khmer Roug banned all institutions, which included: stores, banks, schools, hospitals, Religion and family. The children were separated from there parents and forced to work or join their army. They were barely given any food, a bowl of soup and water. They killed them for any reason, like if they just didn’t like them, or if they had a different religion or if they were educated. All of them had to pledge to Angka which is the Khmer Roug Government that was a campaign based on keeping constant fear and keeping their victims off balance. The Vietmanes came and liberated all of them. 600,000 Cambodians fled to Thai borders. 10 million landmines were left in the ground there, one for every person in Cambodia. In 1991 the United Nations installed the largest peace making mission to ensure free and fair elections after the withdrawal of Vietmanes troops.

external image PolPot.JPG-Pol Pot, Leader of Khmer Rougeexternal image Khmer_Rouge_Flag.png- The Khmer Rouge flag.

Crisis in the Congo (Tanner)