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Darfur Genocide in Sudan

Background:
In February 2003, civil unrest broke out among black African rebel groups in Sudan's western region of Darfur, seeking equal rights from the Arab Government of Sudan (GOS). In response, the GOS began sponsoring militias among Arab nomadic tribes to squelch the rebellion. These well-armed militias have become known as the Janjaweed, meaning "devil on a horse". Together, the Janjaweed and GOS launched widespread, systematic attacks on the civilian population with the shared goal of eliminating all black African tribes in Darfur. The attacks have been so brutal and deadly, including the use of torture, rape, looting and destruction, that many have called this conflict genocide, including the American Government. Since 2003 it is estimated that nearly 400,000 Africans have perished and nearly 3 million displaced by the violence. This ongoing ethnic and racial cleansing engineered by the GOS is threatening to extinguish the African population from the Darfur region completely.

Educational Resources:

Advocacy Sites:
>Save Darfur Coalition
>The Enough Project
>Genocide Intervention Network
>Students Taking Action Now - Darfur

Film

The Devil Came on Horseback

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The Devil Came on Horseback
by Gretchen Wallace

Produced by Global Grassroots and Global Grassroots Teams

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Discussion Guide

For use with the documentary film, The Devil Came on Horseback, the following discussion guide was created by The Council of Holocaust Educators.

>The Devil Came on Horseback Study Guide (.pdf)


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