Genocide in Darfur.

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March 14th, 2007 at 05:13pm
Genocide is defined as the systematic and planned extermination of an entire national, racial, political, or ethnic group.

Right now, in Darfur, Sudan, there is a mass genocide going on that has been acknowledged by President Bush and the United Nations, and yet no one has taken any action. The janjaweed have been moving across the Sudan, systematically wiping out villages, and, if that isn't bad enough, it appears that they were employed by the Sudanese government to begin the genocide back in 2004.

It is estimated that about 400,000 people have been murdered in the course of this genocide, and two million more people have been displaced from their homes due to the fighting, and are currently living in refugee camps, in substandard condition.

What I would like to do, besides call atttention to this atrocity, is to hear your opinions on why President Bush and the United Nations have done little to help these people.


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March 15th, 2007 at 03:50am
Well actually, Australia has been taking in a fair few sudanese families. Like, what's been happening is we've found homes for them, like, towns for them to live in, a family or two lives in the town I work in, and they give them jobs and support and stuff.

I'm not saying that's enough or anything. But I'm just saying, just cause your country isn't doing anything for them, doesn't mean other countries aren't as well.

Obviously there should be more done.. but have you thought of any sensible actions that could be taken? Not saying you're being unreasonable or anything, just that I know a lot of people would be all "something should be done!" and then not actually think of what could be done. Or like, come up with some totally rediculous course of action that would never ever work.
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March 15th, 2007 at 08:14pm
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Well actually, Australia has been taking in a fair few sudanese families. Like, what's been happening is we've found homes for them, like, towns for them to live in, a family or two lives in the town I work in, and they give them jobs and support and stuff.

I'm not saying that's enough or anything. But I'm just saying, just cause your country isn't doing anything for them, doesn't mean other countries aren't as well.

Obviously there should be more done.. but have you thought of any sensible actions that could be taken? Not saying you're being unreasonable or anything, just that I know a lot of people would be all "something should be done!" and then not actually think of what could be done. Or like, come up with some totally rediculous course of action that would never ever work.
Kudos to your country. I was completely unaware of that.

Actually, I would love it if the United Nations or my own country's army would send in troops, to at least try to control the situation. And maybe we could try to provide better conditions at the refugee camps.

We're trying to raise awareness at my school with assemblies and protests, but few people take any sort of interest.
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March 16th, 2007 at 06:33am
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Kudos to your country. I was completely unaware of that.

Actually, I would love it if the United Nations or my own country's army would send in troops, to at least try to control the situation. And maybe we could try to provide better conditions at the refugee camps.

We're trying to raise awareness at my school with assemblies and protests, but few people take any sort of interest.


Yeah, I don't think it's been very high profile or anything, I think they're trying to keep racial discrimination at a low. There are a lot of racist people here ._.

Do you have enough troops, though? I mean, you're already involved in at least one country, heavily involved. You can't realy withdraw troops because at the moment they're trying to stabilise conditions there, right?

I mean, of course there should be troops to try and stabilise it, and run the refugee centers or at least help support them. And there should be something more done ._.
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March 16th, 2007 at 10:37am
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Genocide is defined as the systematic and planned extermination of an entire national, racial, political, or ethnic group.

Right now, in Darfur, Sudan, there is a mass genocide going on that has been acknowledged by President Bush and the United Nations, and yet no one has taken any action. The janjaweed have been moving across the Sudan, systematically wiping out villages, and, if that isn't bad enough, it appears that they were employed by the Sudanese government to begin the genocide back in 2004.

It is estimated that about 400,000 people have been murdered in the course of this genocide, and two million more people have been displaced from their homes due to the fighting, and are currently living in refugee camps, in substandard condition.

What I would like to do, besides call atttention to this atrocity, is to hear your opinions on why President Bush and the United Nations have done little to help these people.


http://www.savedarfur.org/content
Deja vu, much? Anyone here remember the early ninties? Well, as long as you've seen Hotel Rwanda, you pretty much get the jist.
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March 16th, 2007 at 05:29pm
It's so sad. Innocent people being killed. The US should do something. I mean, we're already in the war with Iraq but what's happening in Darfur is very depressing and upsetting.
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March 18th, 2007 at 11:29am
Iam2fly4u:
It's so sad. Innocent people being killed. The US should do something. I mean, we're already in the war with Iraq but what's happening in Darfur is very depressing and upsetting.
The United States never tries to help Africa. I thought that was the trend? Rolling Eyes
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March 18th, 2007 at 02:21pm
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WeFoundTheDuck:
Kudos to your country. I was completely unaware of that.

Actually, I would love it if the United Nations or my own country's army would send in troops, to at least try to control the situation. And maybe we could try to provide better conditions at the refugee camps.

We're trying to raise awareness at my school with assemblies and protests, but few people take any sort of interest.


Yeah, I don't think it's been very high profile or anything, I think they're trying to keep racial discrimination at a low. There are a lot of racist people here ._.

Do you have enough troops, though? I mean, you're already involved in at least one country, heavily involved. You can't realy withdraw troops because at the moment they're trying to stabilise conditions there, right?

I mean, of course there should be troops to try and stabilise it, and run the refugee centers or at least help support them. And there should be something more done ._.
Since I don't support the war in Iraq, it's been my opinion for years that our troops should move out of the Middle East and into Sudan to try to stabilize the situation.

And if not us, then the United Nations for certain.

But the Sudanese government has been keeping everyone out. It's been discovered that they hired the janjaweed and began the genocide.
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March 18th, 2007 at 02:22pm
Anji:
Iam2fly4u:
It's so sad. Innocent people being killed. The US should do something. I mean, we're already in the war with Iraq but what's happening in Darfur is very depressing and upsetting.
The United States never tries to help Africa. I thought that was the trend? Rolling Eyes
Yeah. Molly

My history teacher's theory, which I agree with, is that there is nothing there for us, no money or oil to be gained, which is why the government isn't giving the issue more attention.

It's shamful. Molly
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March 18th, 2007 at 02:26pm
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Why is this happening? Like who exactly are they killing and why?
;_;
"Since early 2003, Sudanese armed forces and Sudanese government-backed militia known as “Janjaweed” have been fighting two rebel groups in Darfur, the Sudanese Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). The stated political aim of the rebels has been to compel the government of Sudan to address underdevelopment and the political marginalization of the region. In response, the Sudanese government’s regular armed forces and the Janjaweed “ largely composed of fighters of Arab nomadic background “ have targeted civilian populations and ethnic group from which the rebels primarily draw their support “ the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa."

Basically, the genocide targets the groups which opposes the Sudanese government. At this point, 400,000 people have been killed and more than 2 million civilians are living in refugee camps.
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March 19th, 2007 at 11:02am
If you're going to sit by your computer in a sad and sorry state, well then that's your problem. Instead of blaming other people, at least do something. Donate money or get your ass there to volenteer or send off all sorts of supplies.Just talking about will do nothing, if you're so worried.
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March 19th, 2007 at 09:44pm
Anji:
If you're going to sit by your computer in a sad and sorry state, well then that's your problem. Instead of blaming other people, at least do something. Donate money or get your ass there to volenteer or send off all sorts of supplies.Just talking about will do nothing, if you're so worried.
Which is why I included the site at the top.

It's got information and ways to help.
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April 19th, 2007 at 01:19pm
Global Days for Darfur starts on April 23rd. All over the world, people are going to be participating in demonstrations and protests to call attention to the situation in Darfur.

If you're interested in participating, visit this page.
http://www.savedarfur.org/page/content/globaldays/
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April 19th, 2007 at 01:22pm
Bono is doing something to save this isn't he?
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April 19th, 2007 at 01:27pm
Meski:
Bono is doing something to save this isn't he?
Is that supposed to be surprising? The newest thing for celebrities to do is 'care' about these people.
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April 19th, 2007 at 01:28pm
Anji:
Meski:
Bono is doing something to save this isn't he?
Is that supposed to be surprising? The newest thing for celebrities to do is 'care' about these people.
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April 19th, 2007 at 05:06pm
Meski:
Anji:
Meski:
Bono is doing something to save this isn't he?
Is that supposed to be surprising? The newest thing for celebrities to do is 'care' about these people.
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Actually, the most celebrity support that I know of is George Clooney and the man who wrote "Night" have appeared on the Today show a few times.

This isn't a very public issue.
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