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Evil, its symbols and the environment Essay 2
Religion and Theology
Pages 6 (1506 words)
Author’s Full Name Professor’s Full Name Subject Date of submission A Shattered Community: The Genocide in Darfur “Genocide” as a word did not exist until 1944, but the acts of violence and evil resulting from it had devastated people from all over the world even before the term was coined.
Two rebel groups clashed against the Sudanese government because of its neglect of Darfur and its citizens, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) (sometimes also called Liberation and Justice Movement) and Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). The Sudanese government unleashed an attack against the rebel forces and the ordinary citizens in the city were just collateral damage. Men, women, and children of all ages were murdered on both sides of the conflict (Reuters). Though at present the atrocities in Darfur have somewhat ceased, the harrowing events that went before were enough to leave the community in despair and disarray. The best symbol I can associate to the conflict in Darfur is the balance. As defined in J. C. Cooper’s work, the balance symbolizes “justice; impartiality; judgment; man’s merits and demerits weighed. The equilibrium of all opposites and complementaries…”(26). The warring parties think that the balance of justice and power are tipped against their side that is why they sacrifice countless lives to try and tip it in their favor. In thus struggle, the community pays the price. According to Barbara Coloroso, genocide is an experience of evil which shatters human communities. ...
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