Essay On Cambodian Genocide

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Mass annihilation a.k.a ‘genocide” is one-sided, whereby the aggressors are armed and organized, and their victims are defenseless. This form of violence has killed the most people of any form of violence- three to four times as many as war alone. The Cambodian Genocide is an example of one the most famous mass annihilations after the Holocaust. It was a horrid act carried out by the regime of the Khmer Rouge on any individual that was discerned to be in opposition to the policies in place. Pol Pot led the regime and was the man who controlled the government from 1975 to 1979, killing approximately 1.5 to 3 million Cambodians. The regime’s goal was to start a new republic and convert the country into a socialist agrarian republic. Dehumanization was a huge part of the genocide; both before and after the killing took place. Civilians were forced into labor camps which resulted in families torn apart, propaganda was sent out defending the actions of those in charged and even those who did not die were victims of dehumanization in the genocide.
Before the genocide even starts the Cambodians are already in the process of dehumanization. In order
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Dehumanization was fuel for the genocidal fire and was a part of all life during the Cambodian genocide. One may ask how this could have happened or that this is surely the only time a terrible tragedy like this has occurred. The truth is that there are still genocides happening today. To stop these kinds of things from happening the people of the world must be aware of what is happening and not ignore the pleas for help from the citizens. They must accept refugees fleeing danger. The world must acknowledge that their fellow humans are being stripped of their humanity and are being reduced to
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