Present Genocides2011 - PresentSyria The conflict in Syria has killed as many as 500,000 and displaced more than half of the country's population. It began as an uprising against President Bashar Al Assad's regime. Syrian men, women and children are falling victim to the constant bombardment of their neighborhoods, schools, markets and hospitals. They are being subjected to starvation, exposure to preventable diseases, lack of medical care, torture, rape and killing. Most recently, they have used chemical weapon attacks which are banned under international law. Civilians put in their own bravery to save their neighbors from the destroyed buildings. 2003 - PresentDarfur GenocideThe Darfur Genocide is the current slaughter and rape of Darfuri civilians in Western Sudan. Beginning in 2003 as the first genocide in the 21st century, the genocide is being perpetrated by a group of tribal militias on horseback dubbed the Janjaweed. This group is being funded and armed by the government with financial support from China. The Janjaweed carry out the genocide by burning down villages, depleting their water sources and murdering, raping and torturing the civilians. The Janjaweed are long term rivals against the rebel groups: Sudanese Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). As of today, almost half a million people have been killed and over 2.8 million displaced.The on-going conflict in Darfur, Sudan was declared "Genocide" by United States Secretary of State Colin Powell on September 9, 2004, in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. On February 18, 2006, President George W. Bush called for the number of international troops in Darfur to be doubled.