People were robbed, killed, forced to evacuate their homes, and mistreated in many other ways during the Cambodian Genocide. These people had to live in terrible conditions. The same thing goes for what the reader sees of the Holocaust in Elie Wiesel’s Night. Throughout the book, the reader follows the author as he witnesses huge amounts of mass murder, watches as other people are brutally abused, as he, too, is being horribly mistreated, all while he is being forced to live in horrible living conditions. However, there are other factors that go into what make a genocide, well, a genocide.
World War II was a very traumatizing time for the soldiers that fought in it. Unfortunately, the War was also a very traumatic experience for the Japanese Americans that were forced into internee camps. Key examples of those who have struggled through awful conditions are Miné Okubo and Louie Zamperini. Miné is a Japanese American artist who was forced to live in squalor conditions surrounded by armed guards. Louie is an American soldier and a previous Olympic athlete that was beaten daily and starved almost to death in prisoner of war camps.
In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass tells a horrific but true story of his wife’s cousin being beaten to death. The slave was supposed to be watching the Hicks’ baby during the night, when she fell asleep. The baby started crying and the slave was slow to move, so Mrs. Hicks grabbed a stick and started hitting the slave with it. Mrs. Hicks broke the slave’s nose and breastbone, and managed to end the slave’s life. Frederick Douglass mentions so many other shocking stories in his autobiography.
I do hope that this letter finds you and your family well. It pains me to write to you of the terrible things that have happened to our family. Our plantation was burned to the ground when Sherman’s soldiers pillaged our town in his March to the Sea. I accept I shall be a spinster and have to make my own way in the world as so many of our young gentlemen have died. Mother, the children, and I are fortunate to be staying with friends of mother’s, on a small plantation outside of Atlanta.
For instance, Kamara declared, “I felt I could almost deal with the horror of what the rebels had done to me. After all, Ibrahim and Mohamed, as well as hundreds of other young people, had also lost their hands” (Kamara 73). This proves how boys and girls would be treated the same during the war and had similar stories to tell. The roles of gender and age in A Long Way Gone and The Bite of the Mango portray how war damaged the lives of each of the narrators in similar and contrasting
Haiti’s political system in 1969 was very dark. They did not believe in women’s rights and many children and babies were dying there like in chapter five when Marie finds a dead body and talks about her miscarriages to it. Or in chapter four where a prostitute has sex with other men next to her sons bed at night. I think this shaped Danticat’s life by making her angry. She becomes a writer even though she knows that female writers can be killed and she writes about all these tragedies and deaths of people.
Like in the quote, the child died because the woman’s illness got worse, people can lie about themselves anytime, so a background check would be very useful. Also, other foster parents may have anger issues, have a past of domestic abuse or other problematic issues. Stories are told about the horrors of living with abusive people in the article “The Horror Stories These,” this article has the different perspectives of how the children have suffered, the article states, “staying with a racist foster father who saw him hanging out with a black friend, he beat James, drug him outside, clasped a dog collar around my neck, and cuffed his hand to a Confederate flag rail in front of the doghouse. He left James outside overnight in the cold of December with no clothes,” (Simon, 2014). This clearly illustrates, how this foster father treated this child as an animal for spending time with a colored person.
PROBLEM STATEMENT Exploring the traumatic effects of Group Areas Act of 1950 on the coloured population of District Six and surrounding suburbs Roy H Du Pre underscores the anguish that played out as the authorities purposely dislocated them from their homes and dispersed them to unfamiliar locations. In his analysis he evokes the absolute desperation that some people displayed as the relocations advanced at a steady pace: As the axe dangled over their heads, the coloured people became obsessed about the impending removals. For many people the eviction notice was a death notice. Many died of a broken heart long before the bulldozers and trucks arrived (Du Pre: 83). This desperation is mirrored elsewhere in the research of Henry Trotter : Coloureds responded in various ways to
One example of when this right was violated is towards the beginning of the book, when Elie and his fellow Jews just arrive to their first concentration camp and Elie witnesses “babies.. Children thrown into the flames” by the truckloads (Wiesel 32). This had to be extremely demoralizing to see your own people die such a horrible death and also for those victims of the deaths to be babies and children is even worse. This event violated human rights because being put to death by flames is torture and it is degrading and unfair treatment and punishment not only to those who died by it but for those other inmates who had to witness it. Another event that violated the fifth article of human rights is later in the story when Elie is punished unjustly and receives “twenty-five” whip lashes and then is verbally assaulted by his Kapo for “mix[ing] into other people’s affairs” (Wiesel 57-58). What had happened was that Elie accidentally caught his Kapo having sexual relations with a Polish girl, and Idek, the Kapo, felt the need to punish Elie for it although he was not guilty for anything.
Struggling for survival in Somalia. A country living with children on its streets is a country with no love for itself. Thousands of children in Somalia are left homeless with no parents to look after them because they were either lost in war or have gotten really sick due to the outbreak of various diseases. It is a terrible thing that the country doesn’t have a stabilized government to go to for help and that children are left to figure out their way of survival on their own. It hurts my heart that the children here are exposed to incredibly high levels of crime throughout their daily lives.