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


Short description: This film is a reflection by a group of students on the situation in Darfur.

Related Websites

Darfur | Genocide Intervention Network

The Genocide Intervention Network provides background information, regular updates, reports from experts, and links to documents and other resources about the crisis in Sudan.

Genocide Watch

Genocide Watch exists to predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder. Genocide Watch is the Coordinating organization of The International Campaign to End Genocide, which aims to educate the general public and policy makers about the causes, processes, and warning signs of genocide; to create the institutions and political will to prevent and stop genocide; and to bring perpetrators of genocide to justice.

Human Rights in the US & the International Community

Foundation and Genocide & Crimes against Humanity are two modules on international human rights. This site, which includes lesson plans and images, is intended as a high school and post-secondary resource on human rights.

Mia Farrow's Writings, Photos and Information on the Growing Crisis in Darfur (Sudan), Chad and Central African Republic (CAR)

Actress and activist Mia Farrow posts news, pictures, and personal testimony about what is happening in Darfur and other crisis spots, mostly in Africa.

Smallest Witnesses

Human Rights Watch researchers visiting refugee camps along the Chad/Darfur border gave children notebooks and crayons while they interviewed their parents or guardians. The result is an extraordinary collection of powerful images of war and conflict.

Stop Arms to Sudan

Human Rights First, which works to ensure that human rights laws are enforced in the United States and abroad, hosts a blog on Darfur and arms sales to Sudan. : Sudan Research, Analysis, and Advocacy

This site links to electronically published analytic briefs and advocacy writings on Sudan by Eric Reeves, a Smith College Professor and human rights activist and a frequent writer and commentator on the genocide in Sudan.

Waging Peace | Building a safe and democratic world

This UK-based NGO campaigns against genocide and systematic human rights abuses. The website includes background and regular briefings on crises in Africa, and suggests ways to take action against genocide.

Witnessing Darfur: Resources and Video

The Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum offers three online short videos about Darfur, and additional resources to help explain what is happening in Darfur and to help spread the word.