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Holocaust warns of future in Darfur

By Frank McAlpin

Senior, Arts & Sciences

April 25 is National Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is the day that we as a nation take time to remember the 15 million men, women and children who were systematically murdered by Hitler’s Nazi regime. They were murdered in the spirit of ignorance and hate. Yet what is most disturbing about this genocide is that it was allowed to happen. Thousands of people under Hitler’s rule did not question his orders of extreme violence, and millions more around the world did nothing to stop it.

More than 60 years after the European Holocaust, the genocide that the world vowed never to let happen again is happening again. It has been happening in Darfur in the African country of Sudan since the latter part of 2003, and has greatly intensified in the last couple of months. International humanitarian organizations working in the area, including the World Food Program, United Nations and Coalition for International Justice have estimated that up to 400,000 people have been murdered thus far in what Western nations have been calling genocide.