If a local war-lord criminally led conflict in a poor country ignites and the powers of the world either have no (Ruwanda) or conflicting economical interests (Darfur) the fire is left to burn. Darfur is marked as the first genocide in this century. China and Russia would like to keep the oil flowing, the US’s interest is not very clear to me right now (comments appreciated), but it certainly conflicts the other two.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has created a Google Earth layer graphically depicting the state of destruction of the country. The image is shocking. Literally all vilages are burnt.

In 2004 the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum declared a genocide emergency for Darfur, Sudan. To date about 2,500,000 civilians, targeted because of their ethnic or racial identity, have been driven from their homes, more than 300,000 people killed, and more than 1,600 villages destroyed by Sudanese government soldiers and government-backed militias, known as the “Janjaweed.” More than 200,000 Sudanese are refugees in neighboring Chad. The crisis continues as thousands more die each month from the effects of inadequate food, water, health care, and shelter in a harsh desert environment.

I am very pleased they put effort in raising interest on this forgotten and horrible conflict, which pales Iraq and Afghanistan in terms of suffering and death. Civilized World? My Ass.