Genocide Essays

The Language of Prejudice and Historical Perspective

Can you imagine living in a world, in which we judge people by the labels that are branded onto their head at the instantaneous moment of birth? According to Gordon Allport, in “The Language of Prejudice”, he believes that “Without words we should scarcely be able to form categories at all” (217). This statement is valid, because today historical events such as the Rwanda genocide have been labeled as a category of “genocide”. And because of this categorization of the…

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Bosnian Genocide

Genocides are atrocious acts of terror, usually initiated by some irrational thought or behaviors, which end up with far too many lives of men, women, and children of all ages being killed senselessly. These absurd acts of horror happen far too often in the history of the human race, with some of the most notable genocides being the Holocaust, which happened in the European nation of Germany. A far more recent genocide that took place in a different part of…

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Genocide in Darfur

Darfur region is found in the western side of Sudan. The conflict that has been and is still being witnessed in the region started way back in February 2003. On one side of the warring groups is the Sudanese military and a militia group known as janjaweed with recruits mainly from the camel herding tribe of Abbala. On the other side are the two militia groups, Liberation movement army (LMA) and justice and equality movement (JEM), both drawing support from…

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Why the United States Did not Intervene to Prevent the Genocide in Rwanda

Rwanda will always be remembered as a twentieth-century story bathed with its own blood and generally characterized by the international community’s callousness to its legitimate cries for help. Rwanda is a small Central African country once colonized by Belgium. It is a country of around seven million people composed of two major ethnic groups, the Hutu and Tutsi. The Hutus outnumber the Tutsis although the latter have dominated the Hutu peasants under the Belgian colonial years. When it gained independence…

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Violations of Human Rights

The film, Beyond the Gates, shows audiences the horror that took place during the Rwandan genocide. Shot in the same area as the actual genocide took place, the film tells the story of the Hutu extremist attempt at destroying the countries minority group known as the Tutsi. Many human rights violations were shown in this movie, shedding light on the real issue of how the international community failed to intervene during this time of crisis and prevent the deaths of…

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Genocide and Sexual Violence

The Bosnia, Rwanda, and Nazi Germany Experience Genocide is defined in international law as acts which have the intention of destroying “in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group . . . ” (Genocide Watch, n. d. ). Mass killings have been one of the most controversial events in the world. This incident even plays a more important part in the historical experience of those countries which undergone it. When the idea of genocide is being…

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Armenian Genocide – Forgotten Fire

1.The author included the quote from Hitler as the epigraph because he wrote “Who does now remember the Armenians” before the question and Hitler’s quote answered it. The quote answers the question because only Hitler remembered the Armenians and did the same to the Jews. My ideas didn’t change after reading Forgotten Fire because I already knew the story about the Armenian Genocide. 2.Vahan couldn’t discuss his fear with his mother because first of all, he was too scared to…

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Whose Responsibility Is the Responsibility to Protect_

Whose Responsibility is the Responsibility to Protect? The idea that national sovereignty is a responsibility not a right, is the controversial notion at the heart of the emerging international norm of ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P). This notion declares that states have a responsibility to protect their populations from mass atrocities. If states are either unable or unwilling to do so then responsibility is taken up by the international community to protect the populations in danger. This essay will discuss why…

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Rwanda and Yugoslavia Genocide

The genocide in Rwanda and Yugoslavia in the 1990s resulted in massive murders to the population. Both genocides were similar in many ways. Both were caused by tensions between ethnic groups, and received little help from the world. Although both genocides had similar causes the consequences came out of it was different. The genocide in Rwanda and Yugoslavia were caused by the tensions between the ethnic groups within the country. In Rwanda, there were three ethnic groups, the Hutu, Tutsi,…

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History Genocide Alert in Sudan

Recently, newspapers and journals discussed the plight of the millions of people of Sudan as there has been the government sponsored genocide. This victimization of a few people has been discussed in the press as well as in the various websites. These various forums have condemned the atrocities committed against the innocent people. Hence, at different levels one can find the call for alert regarding the indiscriminate killing of large number of the people in Sudan. The Sudanese government has…

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