As a part of our ongoing efforts with Mr. Mayo’s class to raise awareness about the genocide occurring in Darfur, the Writing Lunatic put this piece together:
Hatred and war crawls through the seams of history forming tsunamis of terror drowning many years deprived of peace. Slobodan Milosevic drew a period of horror through Eastern Europe when he was voted President of Serbia with a persuasion of words in 1989. He promoted national and ethnic rivalries instead of promoting the peace needed during that time which gained him the popularity he used during the election.
After Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia , a country that was made up of Slovenia , Croatia , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Serbia , Montenegro , and Macedonia , the Serb minority desperately turned to Milosevic for support. His response was the beginning of a hate hurricane. Just ten simple words started what could have been completely avoided. His response was, “If we must fight then by God we will fight”.
And that is exactly what they did.
By December of 1991 the Yugoslav People’s Army led by Serbia had taken 1/3 of Croatia ’s territory, claiming it as a native homeland for Serbs living in Croatia . Despair lashed the land. Soldiers were deserting by the thousands. Acts of suicide sprawled across Croatia becoming very common. Up to 20,000 people were killed and 400,000 people were made homeless.
Can you imagine living your life paranoid of air raids, shooting right behind your own home?
Just try to put yourself in a position where everything around you is destroyed and you have to wonder whether you loved ones will survive, whether you will survive. One bombing is all that it takes. For some stopping there is not enough.
When Bosnia followed Croatia and declared independence from Yugoslavia in April 1992 violence broke out in the Republic. Milosevic was back in action. He vowed to defend Serbs living in Bosnia from what he called Croatian genocide. As if Eastern Europe had not had enough fighting three years of brutal, barbaric, and bloody battle followed. The majority murdered during the war were people from ethnic groups. The world believed that Serbian forces were committing genocide.
As time stretches on, another Genocide is occurring. Black Africans in Darfur are victims of a horrible Genocide. Genocide has been occurring for five years in Darfur. This genocide is just like the Eastern Europe genocide in Bosnia and Croatia. The genocide is a conflict in the western region of Sudan called Darfur. Like the genocide in Eastern Europe the ethnic groups are the victims.
The United Nations estimates that the conflict has left as many as 200,000 dead from violence and disease. The Sudanese government has prevented information from escaping by jailing and killing witnesses since 2004 and tampering with evidence. Black Africans have been put in camps and been brutally treated.
But why? Is there an answer? Is it just that people cannot stand to see people different? If someone came to you tomorrow and vowed to kill you and everyone in your race, would you feel frightened? Or would you feel confused that the world swims in evil.
Evil is more dangerous than taxes, car payments, volcanoes, tornadoes. Hate lashes everyone, because there has always been a need for conflict. We are paddling through malicious threats and actions being spit at everyone, because there is always something wrong with everyone one in the world we live in today.
Peace is a word of the future because the world as a whole has never witnessed it.
Peace is a word that could happen.
Peace is a prayer.
Will there ever be a day in this world where everything and everyone is peacful?
Think about that.
~The Writing Lunatic
So what do you think? Is peace just a prayer? Leave a comment to share your thinking and join us again soon on The Blurb.
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