Re: Holocaust - Fact or Fiction?
My problem is that when we say Holocaust we think of one thing...one extremely tragic, horrific and disgusting thing. Sadly, it's a lot more than a one time thing.
Belgian Congo 1891-1911 11,500,000 blacks died 1891-1911; from 1907 Kongo was a Belgian Crown Domain.
South Africa, 1900 In the Boer-war the British coined the word "concentration camp".
Armenia, 1915 1,500,000 Christian Armenians killed by Turks in what Churchill called a Holocaust.
USSR, 1921 21,000,000 hit by partly Soviet-engineered famine. (2nd August 1921)
Ukraine, 1932-1933 4,821,600 died of hunger engineered by Stalin 1932-33. 7,465,000 died in 1932-1939.
USSR 1934 to 1953 From 1934 to 1953 upto 15 million Russians disappered in the GULAGS.
Germany/Poland 1939-1945 5,000,000 non-jews died in Germancamps, mainly Polish Christians and Catholics
Germany, 1942-1945 5,860 mill. jews died in German KZ-Camps
Poland/Russia from 1941 1,700,000 Polish people were deported to Siberia after 1941.
Bengal, 1943 1,500,000 died of war-related famine in 1943 in Bengal.
Germany, East Prussia 1945 upto 3,000,000 German civilians were killed by Russians in the last months of WW2.
Cambodia, 1975-1979 Khmer Rouge´s Pol Pot (president 1976) killed abt. 1,700,000 of his own people.
East Timor 1983-1985 200,000 East Timorese (Indonesia) were killed in 1983-1985.
Rwanda/Burundi - 1993-1994 700,000 Hutus and Tutsies murdered each other while the world looked away.
Yugoslavia 1991-2000 About 250,000 dead Yugoslaws can be blamed on Milosevic upto 2000.
"But then Rwanda happened. In 100 days, one million Tutsis were killed by the Hutus. The United Nations, and the rest of the world, were reluctant to go in. What we had once vowed would never happen again, happened again. World officials made excuses, claiming they were unaware of the extent of the conflict, that it wasn’t clear the conflict had turned into genocide. Once again, they said, “never again.”
But here we are, in the year 2009, with yet another genocide, and this time, they can’t make excuses.
In March of 2003, rebel groups in Darfur, the western region of Sudan, began attacking government forces. These two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement were made up of Black Africans, and they felt that all Black Africans in Sudan were being oppressed by the government in favor of the Muslim African majority.
It took only a year for the United States government to label the conflict as a genocide. And since the beginning of the conflict, there have been hundreds of humanitarian and activist groups dedicated to stopping the genocide, mainly those of STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, the Genocide Intervention Network, The Save Darfur Coalition, and the Enough Project.
So how come, six years later, the genocide is still going on? That’s a good question." Written in 2009
Does anyone know without googling what's happening in Darfur today?
The problem is that holocausts are easily sparked and ignited, complete and blatant disregard for our humanity and every time the international community looks away or makes political excuse and those who think they hold their humanity in high regard could care less...it's not them, not their children, they're busy, didn't know about it, busy with every day life, what can they do really?
There is so much we can do. Political persuasion, protest, voting and support of organizations that are well researched to be actually helping. Read the book What is the What and help rebuild a school in Darfur along with get an education. I don't know, I have about 500 things you can do.
What really is the point of debating facts and figures about the past when you can help change the numbers in the present?!?