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Additional Lesson Idea

Darfur and Rwanda

After the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, the international community repeated the vow made after World War II that it would "never again" allow genocide to occur. But some think that, just as Rwanda was the last genocide of the 20th century, Darfur is the first genocide of the 21st century. Through the lesson plans from the FRONTLINE film Ghosts of Rwanda at www.pbs.org/frontline/teach/ghosts students will review what happened in Rwanda and the actions of reconciliation that followed. They will then reflect on whether or not the situation in Darfur is parallel.

Developing Your Own "Themes and Analysis" Feature

In Ghosts of Rwanda, FRONTLINE marked the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling the social, political, and diplomatic failures that enabled the slaughter of 800,000 people to occur unabated and unchallenged by the global community.

One of the eyewitness accounts of the atrocities in Rwanda came from Carl Wilkens, an Adventist missionary, who decided to stay behind with Rwandan colleagues and workers who'd sought refuge in his home. The first three weeks, the violence forced Wilkens to stay in his house and he videotaped and talked about what he was seeing and hearing. Later, he ventured out each day to help save lives by bringing supplies to orphanages and negotiating with the extremists. He remained in Rwanda throughout the genocide.

View Carl's Story Online: "The Last American Left" (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ghosts/video/)

Carl has set up a blog to interact with teachers and students studying the Rwandan genocide: (http://carlwilkens.blogspot.com/)