‘Teaching of genocides needs to change’
|ELLIE MULLAN, aged 17|
ASK most people what the most important statistic is about genocides and the likely answer will be that six million Jewish people were murdered during the Holocaust.
I am thankful to live in a society where virtually everyone is aware of, and hates, what was inflicted on members of the Jewish religion.
However, when writing this article, I did some research about the number of genocides which have occurred throughout history.
The answer surprised and astonished me. Hundreds of events, most of which I have never heard of, filled my screen.
Dating from the 1490s to the present day, the systematic destruction of national, ethnic, racial or religious groups has permeated history.
This got me thinking – am I just the odd one out, or should young people (or people in general) have more awareness of these horrific events?
Being a history student, I felt ashamed and embarrassed that I did not have any knowledge of most of these genocides.