Award-Winning "Darfur Drawn" Exhibit to Visit Fanshawe
October 17, 2008
Instructors who are interested in bringing their classes to view the exhibit can book an educational tour with Rich Hitchens, an instructor in the School of Language and Liberal Studies who teaches a course on genocide. Rich has coordinated two international conferences on Darfur and has spoken widely on Darfur. Class visits can be for one period or longer.
Someone thought that it would be a good idea to give child refugees from Darfur some paper and crayons, and what they drew is remarkable.
Since 2003, Sudanese government forces have committed numerous attacks in Darfur on the civilian populations of ethnic groups perceived to support a rebel insurgency. Countless villages have been bombed and burned, civilians have been massacred, and women and girls have been raped. Some 500,000 people have died from the violence and the conditions related to displacement, while five times that many continue to live in displaced-persons and refugee camps. Those displaced are still at risk: camps are poorly protected, and women and girls are frequently raped when they search outside the camps for firewood and food for their animals. Some observers consider Darfur to be the first genocide of the 21st century.