Massacres

A massacre is a killing, typically of multiple victims, considered morally unacceptable, especially when perpetrated by a group of political actors against defenseless victims. The modern definition of massacre as “indiscriminate slaughter, carnage”, and the subsequent verb of this form, derive from late 16th century Middle French, evolved from Middle French “macacre, macecle” meaning “slaughterhouse, butchery.” There is no objective definition of what constitutes a “massacre”. Various international organizations have proposed a formal definition of the term “crimes against humanity”, which would however include incidents of persecution or abuse that do not result in deaths. Conversely, a “massacre” is not necessarily a “crime against humanity”. Other terms with overlapping scope include war crime, pogrom, and mass murder.

Chronological History of Massacres

3 Mothers, 6 Children Slaughtered in Mormon Settlement in Mexico Near Border

3 Mothers, 6 Children Slaughtered in Mormon Settlement in Mexico Near Border

A deadly massacre in Mexico of three mothers and six children with Utah ties sparked strong reactions nationwide Tuesday, including from President Donald Trump, who said the U.S. is ready to wage war on drug cartels. The women and children — including 8-month-old twins — were murdered in ambush attacks about 5 miles outside of La Mora, a decades-old settlement in the state of Sonora founded ...
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“Terrorizing the Populace”: Report Finds CIA-Backed Death Squads in Afghanistan Committing War Crimes, Atrocities

“Terrorizing the Populace”: Report Finds CIA-Backed Death Squads in Afghanistan Committing War Crimes, Atrocities

CIA-backed death squads in Afghanistan have committed a number of human rights violations over the last year, a Human Rights Watch report found Thursday, and the militant groups are likely to be the lasting legacy of the U.S. war in the country. “They do counterinsurgency the old-fashioned way,” tweeted Daily Beast national security reporter Spencer Ackerman, “terrorizing the populace.” The HRW report reviewed cases of abuse from late 2017 ...
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6 Christians Killed, 470 Flee in Congo Attack

6 Christians Killed, 470 Flee in Congo Attack

Six Christians, including three women and a 9-year-old child, have died in an attack in the largely Christian village of Kalau near the city of Beni in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The attack that sent almost 500 Central Africans fleeing for their lives lasted four hours from 7 pm to 11 pm. According to field sources, the attackers–part of the ...
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Mozambique: Muslims murder 13 Villagers, Destroy over 120 Houses, in Quest to Impose Sharia Law

Mozambique: Muslims murder 13 Villagers, Destroy over 120 Houses, in Quest to Impose Sharia Law

No Muslims were killed, and so the international media will pay no attention. “Suspected jihadists kill 13 in northern Mozambique,” Agence France-Presse, March 16, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): At least 13 civilians have died in fresh attacks in Mozambique’s volatile northern Cabo Delgado province where Islamists have terrorized villagers in remote communities for more than a year, local sources said Saturday. One of ...
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Nigeria: Muslims kill 120 Christians, destroy 140 homes in the last two weeks

Nigeria: Muslims kill 120 Christians, destroy 140 homes in the last two weeks

But no “Islamophobia” was committed, so the international media takes no interest. “120 people killed, 140 homes destroyed by Nigeria Fulani since February,” by Samuel Smith, Christian Post, March 15, 2019: At least 120 people have been killed by alleged Fulani militant attacks since February in the Kaduna state of Nigeria with the latest attacks on Monday resulting in the deaths of over 50 and the ...
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