There is so much that goes on in the world that we don’t know about. There are things that happen in this country we don’t know, let alone in other countries. Sometimes the things we don’t know are the most important: that thousands of people are dying from simple diseases, that in some wars rape is the most powerful weapon, or that sex trafficking is still a common practice. I feel as a nation we have been covering our ears to the pleas of help from the rest of the world for too long. We look away because it doesn’t fit into our neat little box of civilization. The moment we turn our backs is the moment that we have lost all of our humanity.
The Second Congo War, known as Africa’s World War, started in August 1998 and officially ended in July 2003. By 2008 the war, and its aftermath, had killed over 5.4 million people, causing it to be the deadliest conflict worldwide since World War II. It’s estimated that 1,000 people died daily from disease and malnutrition.
Every thing is estimated because their government has no real knowledge of how many people their was before the war, or after.
The African World War killed 5.4 Million People
As one war in Africa was ending another was beginning in Darfur, Sudan. The U.N. has estimated that at least 450,000 people have been killed. The United Sates has noted this conflict as genocide while the U.N. still has not. The dictionary’s definition of genocide is the systematic killing of all the people from a national, ethnic, or religious group, or an attempt to do this. In 2008 the International Criminal Court filed ten charges of war crimes against Sudan’s president, which include Genocide, crimes against humanity and murder. 51 international peacekeepers have also been killed.
The United States State Department estimates that between 50,000 to 100,000 women and girls are trafficked, or brought here to be slaves, each year in the United States. What
happens to these girls here and around the world is horrible. In Thailand, the Health System Research Institute reports that child prostitution makes up 40% of the prostitutes. Sex Trafficking happens all over the world. It’s not limited to certain places or certain people. In Greece it is estimated that there are between 13,000 and 14,000 trafficking victims in the country at any given time.
There is also a practice called bride kidnapping, also known as marriage by abduction. It happens mostly through the Central Asia and the Caucasus Mountains. It has stricken so much fear into local girls that it is one of the main reasons for lower participation in school. One of the main places for bride kidnapping is in Kyrgyzstan where studies have found that half of all Kyrgz marriages include bride kidnapping and, of those, two-thirds are non-consensual. The man, or hisparents, decides that he needs to settle down and decide that they have found the right woman for him to marry.
40% of all prostitutes in Thailand are children
The only problem is that the women and her family have no knowledge of this arrangement. The man and his friends or relatives then proceed to kidnap her usually by car and take her back to his house where she is then bombarded by his family as they try to convince her to accept the marriage. The family attempts to put a scarf on her head, which symbolizes her consent to the marriage. If the girl refuses the scarf then some families will let her leave while others will keep this process going on for days. Sometimes the girls will refuse to eat till they can be released.
There is so much that happens outside of Junction City that we don’t know about, let alone the world. I’m not here to say that everything outside of our normal is bad, but it sometimes takes the bad things for people to pay attention. So get up and find something that you don’t know about, do some research, and then maybe you can help. Don’t think that just because you’re from Junction City that doesn’t mean you can’t know, or help.