Some people say that Leopold II’s action in the Congo Free State cannot be viewed as crime, because they were typical of the Europeans’ actions in their colonies. But, the treaty that was made by the powerful countries during that time clearly stated that they believed Africans should be treated as people, and that they should be provided with food, shelter, education, etc. King Leopold ignored these terms and was using the Congo only to increase his wealth, rather then provide for the people of
The social power women had in the short term, and the economy up until now. A passage of the Conquest, Conflict, and Commerce text from the Watson Institute reveals how the Congolese population fell by “nearly 50%” after colonization. Death transpired in any number of ways, ranging from being executed and “dying in battles of resistance”, to “overwork and famine”. Undoubtedly, the people of Congo suffered drastically from colonization. Though Congo did eventually gain independence in 1960, the effects of its occupancy can still be felt today.
Thousands killed in the Leopold outbreak. King Leopold should be condemned for his brutal actions, and for making the population more then half in population, like in Lukolela “The population in the villages of Lukolela in January 1891 must have been not less than 6,000 people, but when I counted the whole population in Lukolela at the end of December 1896. I found it to be only 719… but judge of my heartache when on counting them all again on Friday and Saturday last, to find only a population of 352 people.” (Document 5) In 1800-1900’s, King Leopold wanted to and planned to take control of the Congo people.
In 1994 in Rwanda, approximately 800,000 men, women, and children were brutally massacred within 100 days. It is estimated that in four months, 1.75 million people, or a quarter of the country 's pre-war population, had either died or fled the country. In Rwanda, they were three ethnic groups formed by the Germans, the Hutu, the Tutsi, and the Twa. The Hutu made up 84 percent of the population, the Tutsi 14 percent, and the Twa only occupied 1 percent. My ethnic conflict is about the Rwanda Genocide that happened in April 1994 in Rwanda.
In fact, the United Nations Security Council had given the UNPROFOR to use the force and self-defense mechanisms that could be desirable to them as they sought to accomplish their missions in the region (Miškulin, 2014). Given this, the UNPROFOR had all the power at disposal as it continued to employ measures that were aimed at bringing peace in the region. In Bosnia-Herzegovina and all its towns, planes were instructed to shun away from flying as the measures were still on course. The United
Close to half a million people died in the civil war but Cambodia would face many more deaths under Pot’s rule. The Khmer Rouge’s first actions after the civil war was removing 2.5 million citizens from Phnom Penh, the country’s capital. These civilians were forced into detention centers similar to labor camps. Other than high chances of death, civilians were also strictly controlled by the government. Every aspect of their lives was determined by the government and conditions were extremely harsh.
Katrina recorded top wind speeds of one hundred miles per hour and spread across four-hundred miles. Massive floods occurred in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as, widespread damage recorded in Georgia and Florida. In all, Hurricane Katrina killed over two thousand people, damaged approximately ninety thousand square miles, and is currently the most costly natural disaster in US history at one hundred and forty-five billion dollars. As expected, the local and state governments were overwhelmed by this cause of events, especially dealing with the limited resources and political climate that surrounded the aftermath of Katrina.
Somalia’s history and folklore play a large part in why the country is in a constant state of war and famine. It stems back to the folklore of Queen Caraweelo who would castrate newborn males in fear they might one day dethrone her.1 Ultimately, her grandson would one day rise up and kill her.1 As for the actual history of Somalia, the British first occupied it in the 1960’s but then withdrew because of a coup.2 Through the years Somalia experiences multiple attempts at democracy and receives aid from national governments to try and get the country out of its self inflicted famine and war. Finally, in 2012 the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP) was formed and elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud as
The Armenian genocide was documented as genocide and is recognized by the UN, despite what those in denial say. The denier’s purpose is to distort any facts of the genocide. Throughout history, deniers have gone through lengths to gather support from academic institutions, governments and to influential people to deliver the “truth” and or censor any more talk of the genocide. Stanford University’s Turkish Student Association released a statement on the Armenian genocide. The association collectively said that “[presenting] the events as a genocide ignores the complex history that led to the suffering of millions of people, Armenians and Muslims alike, and would only be a disservice to humanity in preventing future atrocities like this”.
Of those deaths, the majority occurred on the African continent, with some 1.5 million African fatalities attributed to disease in the same year. Africa has suffered from the devastation of HIV/AIDS for decades and attempts at containing and eradicating the disease have been many in number and unsuccessful; there are however groups within African society that are often ignored by modern AIDS prevention strategies. African women and men who have sex with men are at a increased risk of contracting HIV, due to their unequal social, political and economic standing, fail to be reached by conventional intervention
In 1992, the United States and United Nations intervened with the troubles the people in Somalia had been facing since warlords had overthrown the ruling dictatorship. They did so by sending in money for those who were starving, but it just lead to the killing of 18 American soldiers after the warlord turned to international forces. This is why some Americans view the cons of Singer’s arguments as a greater influence than the pros they face. In conclusion, the choice will be up to the Americans and whether or not they will want to send their money overseas.