1. What is genocide?
Genocide, by definition from Chambers Dictionary states: Genocide is the deliberate extermination of a racial, religious or ethnic group.

The genocide in Cambodia was held under Pol Pot’s leadership. In 1962, Pol Pot became a leader Cambodian Communist party. Pol Pot lead a communist guerilla group called Khmer Rouge. When they took power in Phnom Penh, they forced everyone who lived in the city into labor camps. Any intellectual or educated person must be eliminated. People who were, ill, too old, too young, and the disabled were all driven out. Children were taken from their families and thrown into labor camps. Lawyers, doctors, teachers, and anyone else with a successful job were murdered with their extended families. It was possible to be shot if you knew a foreign language, wore glasses, laughed, or cried. Anyone could be a target. It is estimated that 2 million people were killed. Cambodia is still one of the poorest countries in Asia and faces harsh poverty. Thankfully, today, the Khmer Rouge no longer exists.

Darfur is a region that is about the size of France that is located in western Sudan. The citizens rebelled when the Sudan called a redress on social and economic grievances. The government saw this as a threat to the country and initiated an extermination of the tribal people in Darfur. A large militia called the Janjaweed would go out and kill people of all ages. To date over 400,000 people have been killed. The Sudanese government denies any involvement in the genocide, but they are known to close communications and send the air force and bomb villages before the militia can get there. As of March 13, 2009 the ICC issued an arrest warrant for the Sudanese President.

Crisis in Congo
The crisis in Congo has left many innocent people dead and forced 250,000 to leave their homes. This terrible civil war was fueled by rebel's want for mineral wealth in the country. Also many people have rebelled against the government which have caused many more uprisings of violence. The war is so bad that many have come to call it "Africa's first world war." In Congo armed conflict has been going on for seven years and still going on today. The genocide in Congo is caused by the war where people are dying from malnutrition, disease and violence. The life expectancy there is only forty-five years old and 200 out of 1000 children under the age of five die. The country was helped by the largest peace operation MONUC and the country has tried to sign some treaties but still fighting breaks out. Although fighting is still bad there, many are helping Congo's people by giving supplies and food.

3. Organization- World Vision, helping assist children from around the world. This is a Christian organization that is dedicated to working with children and families word wide by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. They serve close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries.

4. Some root causes of this oppression are the need for power. For instance, if someone has an idea and someone else has an idea, they will try to eliminate or ridicule the other person. The main root cause is hatred and having no respect for other peoples opinions.

5. One resposibility that we have as 10th grade students is to be aware about the events that are occuring all over the world. Also, to learn from their/our mistakes.

6. We can educate ourselves on world affairs and also help by sending suplies. We can try to not feel inferior or make others feel inferior. We should be able to tolerate everyone's view, but this doesn't mean that we have to accpet it.