Students Learn About the Darfur Genocide Through Drawings

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High school students in Egg Harbor Township got to learn about an important part of history through the eyes of children who lived it.

On Wednesday, February 13th, students in the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against elective course at Egg Harbor Township High School were given the chance to see an exhibit of drawings done by children in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan, thanks to Stockton University.

The 157 drawings were smuggled out of Darfur in 2004 by a local pediatrician who asked children he was treating there to draw stories of their lives.

Officials say they hope the students learn that by sharing history they can help make a difference.

"We hope that the students take away a sense of that even small acts of kindness, giving kids drawing paper and crayons and asking them about their lives and really caring can make a difference, and that taking information and sharing it to the world can shine light on an egregious event," said Devon Patchel, program director for the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage.

The students will discuss the drawings in a special exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February, 20th at the high school auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will then be available to 23 other high schools in South Jersey.


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