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  • A guest lecturer talked to my ethics class about his experiences working in a refugee camp in Sudan:
    “What do you think the Sudanese government would do to control the situation in the camp?” he asked us.
    “Cut off supplies,” I responded.
    “Why would they do that?”
    “To, well... to kill them.” I stared back blankly at the lecturer.
    “Well, not really,” he responded, “They actually do the opposite. Not so nihilistic,” he joked. "The Sudanese government is smarter than that."

    Four days earlier, I found myself walking around the grounds of Sachsenhausen, a concentration camp located in the outskirts of Berlin. We wound our way through a quaint, cozy neighborhood and arrived at our destination, a stark ground of mostly demolished encampments and a few remaining relics of the terror.

    I walked around and listened to narratives of the ten thousand Soviet prisoners of war who had, one by one, been shot in the neck through a sniper’s hole in the wall as they stood up to be measured for a medical exam. My neck started to ache. I heard stories of ten-year-old boys injected with Hepatitis C, living experiments in the camp’s infirmary. My back knotted up. Each grain of sand started to look like an ash of human flesh; each grey cloud mutated into a plume of carbon-black smoke.

    “It’s true what they say,” the lecturer continued later on. “These refugee camps, they really are modern day concentration camps.”
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