Teaching with the News ARCHIVES

Darfur: Violence and the Media (Winter 2007)


In this lesson students will:

Explore events in Sudan using multiple sources.

Evaluate the effectiveness of different online resources.

Assess the argument over whether Darfur is a conflict or a genocide.

Consider the international response to events in Sudan and assess possible consequences.


Lesson: Violence in Darfur, Sudan

Reading: Violence in Darfur, Sudan



Additional Online Resources

The following online resources are used in this lesson. Links are also provided in the lesson.

PBS - Who's Who in Darfur: The Geopolitcs of Tragedy
This PBS website features an interactive chart of the players in the Darfur conflict. The site includes PBS articles on Sudan, background and general information about the country (including oil), interview with Amy Costello (reporter in Sudan), videos, resources addressing 'conflict vs. genocide,' and links to other useful websites, including a map of Sudan's oil reserves. The website does not have current articles about the most recent developments.

U.S. State Department – Sudan
This site has links to press releases, speeches, reports, briefings relating to U.S. policy in Sudan, links to USAID Sudan website, and general information/fact sheets about Sudan.

Sudan: A Nation Divided
This site has a compilation of BBC articles since 2004 that relate to what is currently happening in both southern Sudan and Darfur. It includes some personal reports of people within the country, as well as pictures and videos of BBC news coverage from Sudan.

UN – Sudan Information Gateway
This site has links to UN articles and reports on Sudan, as well as academic articles giving background, detailed history, and general information on Sudan. There is information about UN humanitarian programs in Sudan and links to other media and related websites. There is also a good map on the homepage.

Miraya (Mirror) FM
This is the homepage of a radio station broadcast out of southern Sudan by the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). The site includes links to in-depth articles, short news briefs, and current radio reports in English and Arabic.

Amnesty International–Eyes on Darfur
This Amnesty International website provides detailed accounts of specific attacks in the Darfur region and suggests ways in which students can get involved to stop the violence. It includes satalite imagery and mapping of affected sites.

24 Hours for Darfur—Darfurian Voices
This NGO is dedicated to broadcasting the views of Darfurians on the conflict in their region. The website features video testimonials from people affected by the violence.

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