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Pre-Viewing Lesson Plan
  • Learning about Rwanda
  • Student Worksheet #1
  • Student Worksheet #2
  • Lesson Extension: Genocide in World War II and its Aftermath
  • Student Worksheet #3

  • Viewing Lesson Plan
  • Student Viewing Guide
  • Student Worksheet #4

  • Post-Viewing Lesson Plan
  • The Big Picture
  • Lesson Extension: The Aftermath of Genocide
  • Lesson Extension: Reconciliation and Reparations in Rwanda

  • Further Resources

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    Ghosts of Rwanda
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ghosts
    This is FRONTLINE's companion Web site to the film.

    The Triumph of Evil
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/evil/
    The companion Web site to FRONTLINE's 1999 documentary on Rwanda offers a range of historical background and information.

    Amnesty International
    http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/engior400031998?open&of=eng-385
    This Web site contains information about the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including a detailed report about the findings of Amnesty International's visit.

    Out of Madness, A Matriarchy
    http://www.motherjones.com/news/featurex/2003/01/ma_spc_01.html
    This is a story from Mother Jones about Rwanda's women who have survived machetes and mass rapes and are learning how to lead their country out of the darkness.

    Photo Essay
    http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/kimberlee/
    This photo essay from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was made on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. It chronicles photojournalist Kimberlee Acquaro's visit to Rwanda to meet with women who survived the genocide.

    » Non-fiction Books:

    We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, Stories From Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch, published by Picador

    Gourevitch, a staff writer for the New Yorker, describes Rwanda's history, telling his own stories and those of a broad range of Rwandan people he met during his many visits to the country. The book was the Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-fiction.

    "A Problem from Hell": America in the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power, published by Perennial

    Power, now the executive director of Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights, was formerly a journalist for U.S. News and World Report. In this Pulitzer prize-winning book, she writes about the Turkish genocide of Armenians in 1915-1916, the Holocaust, Cambodia's Khmer Rouge genocide of millions between 1975 and 1979, Iraqi attacks on Kurdish populations, Rwanda, and Bosnian "ethnic cleansing." The central question of the book is why America, which had vowed "never again" after the Holocaust, has allowed acts of genocide to continue and Power describes Americans who courageously attempted to prevent genocides and who tried to get their country to act.

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