Teen Views: Genocide
Middle Park High School
Grand County, Colorado
Fifty years after the horrible occurrences during the holocaust, genocide is happening again, and this time, it’s more widespread.
China has taken over Tibet and killed millions trying to maintain their reign over it.
In Africa, genocide is everywhere, as governments fight to gain as much land as possible, while trying to maintain their own rule.
Once upon a time, over 1,300 years ago, Tibet was a part of China. In 821, Tibet and China ended over 200 years of fighting with a treaty that was engraved on three stone pillars, to solidify peace and separation between the two. One of these pillars is still standing in front of the Jokhang cathedral in Lhasa. During the 13th and 14th centuries, the Mongol empire took over both China and Tibet, and now China is claiming today that they became one country under the influence of the Mongolian empire. Today, from a legal standpoint, Tibet has not lost its statehood.
Yet China continues to illegally occupy Tibet, against the wishes of the Tibetan People. Every day Tibetans are killed by communist China, and every day a little piece of their culture and religion is taken away from them. For a little over 50 years now, genocide has been occurring there, with the rest of the world turning their heads the other way.
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This is the same type of ignorance that allowed Hitler to kill 6,000,000 Jews before the world took notice. How much longer will the world turn its back on mass slaughter? How many more innocent women and children have to die before the world takes a stand?
In history class, we are taught to learn history so we can learn from our past mistakes and not repeat them. It looks like the world needs a history lesson, or they are doomed to repeat it and have a world of hurt on its conscience.
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