In 2003 violence broke out in Darfur, a region in western Sudan, between local tribes and government-backed militia. Since then, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and nearly two million victims have been displaced from their homes. After the Holocaust, people around the world declared “never again” to genocide. The conflict in Darfur challenges us to work toward this promise by looking for ways to stop and prevent violence against groups of people based on their ethnicity, race, religion or nationality.
We have many resources that can help students understand the history of this conflict and develop an awareness of the various actions taken to end the violence in Darfur. As students explore how citizens, including many young people, international institutions such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, governments, and non-profit organizations have responded to the genocide in Darfur, they can reflect on their own role and responsibility as members of local, national and global communities.
Lessons, Units and Publications
Darfur Now and
Not On Our Watch Unit
Learn more about Darfur and help students connect this movie and book with their own experiences.
About Time: Responding to the Crisis in Darfur
How do people determine their actions when they lack information about what will happen next?