In a small village in Africa, a mother and her family live a different life. Around her, everyone is dying, the village they live in burns and crumbles. Everything feels like it is just gone. This family lives in an area of Africa home to over 6 million people. Over 100 different tribes live there, and are all being affected by this. It’s a simple life, but violence and death always surrounds them. In 10 years 400,000 people have died in this area because of this violence; that’s around 100 people per day. The family is worried. They can’t stop thinking, Am I next? But this is happening in places all over this region and beyond. These people have come in, on behalf of the government of Sudan, to kill and destroy rebels. And along the way, thousands are killed, left injured, homeless, and mentally and or physically scarred for life. On top of the 400 thousand killed, 2.5 million have nowhere to live and could be without food or clothing. In 2003, this all started when groups from Darfur, rebelled against the Sudan government. The Sudanese response: kill them all and destroy them completely. And for the past 10+ years, it has been war, pure genocide. There are more genocides outside of Darfur as well. The U.S. and other country’s governments need to step in to end genocide like the one taking place in Darfur; by putting an end to genocide, our future of our children will be improved as well as the world’s future as a whole.
If these countries can stop the genocide, with the help of bigger organizations such as the U.S. government, it will improve our world as a whole. The International Criminal Court (ICC)
is not affiliated with the United Nations or is not under the government of any country. “The court's job is to provide justice for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, so that future victims have somewhere to turn to when national systems fail” (Black). There are representatives from all over the world there to stop major crimes, including genocides. They are working on solutions to help improve the world. Dr. Gregory Santon wrote about how genocide can be ended. In 1948, the United Nations (UN) said genocide would never happen again. Today, it is still a major problem. One of the main reasons, Santon states, is that the world’s leaders have not done anything about ending it, or finding any solution. But that has changed; the ICC is working on ending genocide. If others can help, like more individual governments, it can bring the world to a well needed peace. Because in 1948, the world said “never again” to letting genocide continue (Santon). If genocide can be stopped, our world will continue in peace; we just need government and high ranked officials to step in.
By putting an end to genocide, our future of our children will be...