The impact of war can have very harmful effects on people, especially children. In “A Long Way Gone” by Ishmael Beah, he explains the war of Sierra Leone from his point of view. The tragedy of losing his family, becoming a boy soldier, and the effects of war is said throughout the book, making it an interesting story to read. But, while Ishmael explains what he went through, it is hidden that other people were affected by the actions he took. Although Ishmael did play a victimizer, he was also a victim at the same time.
Genocide is the act of mass murdering groups of people because of someone 's disliking. In other words getting rid of people or stop their existence,mostly because of their religion, ethnic, or race. One of the most atrocious ones was the Armenian Genocide(April 24,1915-1916), in which 1.5 million of the Armenian population, living in the Ottoman Empire were either deported or killed. During this time,the Turkish government had planned the genocide to get rid of the entire Armenian population in the Ottoman Empire(which was one of the largest empires to rule on the border of the Mediterranean Sea) because they feared that the Armenian community would join their enemy troops during WWI in 1915.
“It is generally not known in the world that, in the years preceding 1916, there was a concerted effort to eliminate all the Armenian people, probably one of the greatest tragedies that ever befell any group. And there weren’t any Nuremberg trials”(Carter, 1987). Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States, said this quote at the White House reception honoring Armenian Americans in May of 1978. It shows how little is known about the Armenian Genocide and that the survivors never received closure like the Holocaust survivors did with the Nuremberg Trials. During the Armenian Genocide, which lasted from 1915 until 1916, 1.2 million Armenians were brutally murdered.
In the book “A long way gone” Ishmael Beah takes us on a journey through his rough childhood. He was 12 years old and just like other boys living in Sierra Leone at the time, at the age of 13, he became a child soldier. In his journey to escape the war. he had lost and gained people. Running from the rebels, and being taken in by villagers mistaking him and his friends for rebels, he finally made it to Yele.
The Effects of the Refugee Cycle “A young man, now safely settled in Canada, once told me that he didn 't mind being called a refugee because it described a situation that was forced on him; it didn 't define who he was” (Goodwin, 2011). This comes from a discussion between Debi Goodwin and a former refugee about the current refugee crisis in the Middle East. This observation is also seen in the novel What Is the What, by Dave Eggers, and A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah. The displacement occurring in corrupt societies within What Is the What and A Long Way Gone displays contrasting religious and political views, which leads to civil war. The violence caused by rebel, militia, and government organizations in certain African countries leads
The Armenian Genocide caused generations of pain and loss of the rich heritage of the Armenians. Not only did the genocide cause major human losses, but also caused a major psychological and moral blow at the attempt to exterminate the Armenian nation from the root. The Armenian Genocide resulted with around 1.5 million Armenians massacred, with only around half a million surviving the genocide. The loss of family, friends and the Armenian community, the genocide had a staggering blow on the Armenian race. The survivors escaped with merely their lives and the horrid memories of the cruel and inhumane nature of the Young Turks.
The Holocaust v. Armenian Genocide Genocide is defined as “the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation” (Dictionary.com). Genocide has eight stages:classification, symbolization, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, extermination, and denial. Genocide has taken place many times throughout history. Two prominent genocides are that of the Armenians and that of the Jews and other minority groups during the Holocaust. There are considerable resemblances between the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, especially in the nature of the genocides, a skewed view of the group persecuted by the governing group, and the ‘purposes’ behind both, but these mass killings
Some preconceived ideas I have of Genocide/ Holocaust is that first of all millions of Jews were persecuted and murdered of out pure hatred and racial discrimination. Along with them died other minority groups such as Gypsies, homosexuals, and the handicapped all simply because there were inferior and not pure-blood German or healthy. Hitler's reign and acts of terror were extremely horrific as well as a tragic time in history. When I think of the terms Holocaust and Genocide, I think of the concentration camps and all the people who died in there of starvation, disease, overwork, or cold-blooded murder by a Nazi.
11 million victims were killed in the holocaust while were killed, you have to fact in the time difference between these two events but the fact they were killed is monstrous never mind the “how” they were killed and victimized. Even though there were differences between how the victims of the holocaust and Bosnian genocide were victimized and killed, there were similarities and wicked. Victims were forced to live in ghettos and labor camps to live and work under brutal conditions for pointless and humiliating reasons. In between around 1.5 million Jews in the Nazi occupied Eastern Europe were captured or arrested, forced to dig their own graves and put along their dug grave, and fatally shot so they just fell into their dug grave. A method known as gassing trucks were used to kill Jews where they were forced into a sealed truck where the exhaust gas from the engine was led into the truck to have them suffocate to death.
The Rwandan genocide vs. the Holocaust “Genocide is an attempt to exterminate a people, not to alter their behavior.” Jack Schwartz. Genocide is mass murder, it happens in all parts of the world. A common known genocide is the Holocaust. Where a group known as the“Nazis” (lead by Hitler) murdered more than six million people (many were Jewish).
Genocide and Political Mass murder are two of the most common phrases used when describing mass killings occurring in one, or numerous places. The systematic and deliberate murder of over 100 people due to their racial, ethnic, religious or national backgrounds is considered Mass Political Murder. Killings like this are carried out typically between two groups to show their dominance over the other. The murder may be either indirect or direct, for instance people can be murdered as they attempt to flee violent conflicts or they also may just be forced into areas where food and water may be scarce, essentially leaving them to starve. The areas where they attack do not even have to be large, a single village, or city can be sufficient enough
The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust The first official language of the Armenian people was Christianity. Everything remained peaceful until the Muslim Ottoman Empire took over during the 15th century. The bad blood between the Armenians and The Turks continued to grow, this later causing the Armenian Genocide that began in 1915.
The use of children in the Sierra Leone Civil War was widespread, with up to 10,000 children taking part in the conflict and up to eighty percent of RUF forces between the ages of seven and fourteen. Ishmael is one of these children. In his memoir, A Long Way Gone, Lieutenant Jabati and his men exploit several techniques to transform these frightened children into ruthless killing machines. They do this through the use of drugs, pop culture, as well as character and emotional manipulation. Tactics like these create habits and addictions that are almost impossible to break.
The genocide was an after affect of the scramble for Africa by European countries who help no regard for the people who already lived their. In the scramble for Africa many European countries raced to make claims on land in Africa that was already lived on by natives, they mistreated the natives and killed and enslaved many of them. This was prevalent in Rwanda when the belgians imperialized the land. The belgians sent the Hutus who were the majority of the population into slavery and lead to mass deaths of their people. But they lead the land through another ethnic group the tutsis who made up about 15% of the population compared to the 85% population of Hutus.