Social Justice Challenge

Where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die. – U2

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Book Recommendations


  • Adult
    • Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur by Ben Kiernan
    • Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction by Adam Jones
    • A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Powers
    • Genocide by Jane Springer
    • The Specter of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective by Robert Gellately (editor)
    • A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present by Ward Churchill
    • Genocide by W. D. Rubinstein
    • The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari
    • Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond by Don Cheadle
    • Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan by Leora Kahn
    • Darfur: A New History of a Long War by Julie Flint & Alex de Waai
    • Darfur Darfur by Leslie Thomas (editor)
    • Darfur: African Genocide (In the News) by John Xavier
    • Darfur by Paolo Pellegrin
    • Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival by Jen Marlowe and Aisha Bain and Adam Shapiro
    • Educating Darfur Refugees: A Jesuit’s Efforts in Chad by Patrick Samway
    • War in Darfur and the Search for Peace by Alex De Waal (editor)
    • The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur by Brian Steidle
    • Darfur’s Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide by M W Daly
    • Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir
    • A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide by Eric Reeves
    • Heart of Darfur by Lisa Blaker
    • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza
    • We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
    • The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide by Gérard Prunier
    • Rwanda and Genocide in the Twentieth Century by Alain Destexhe
    • A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda’s Genocide by Linda Melvern
    • Season of Blood: A Rwandan Journey by Fergal Keane
    • The Order of Genocide: Race, Power and War in Rwanda by Scott Straus
    • Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda by Michael Barnett
    • Genocide in Rwanda: A Collective Memory By John A. Berry and Carol Pott Berry
    • Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld
    • Life Laid Bare: The Survivors in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld
    • Genocide in Rwanda: Complicity of the Churches by Carol Rittner, John K. Roth, Wendy Whitworth
    • One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide by Jared A. Cohen
    • The Media and the Rwanda Genocide by Allan Thompson
    • This Voice in My Heart: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Escape, Faith, and Forgiveness by Gilbert Tuhabonye and Gary Brozek
    • The Bishop of Rwanda by John Rucyahana
    • An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina and Tom Zoellner
    • Rwanda Means the Universe: A Native’s Memoir of Blood and Bloodlines by Louise Mushikiwabo and Jack Kramer
    • When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Rwanda Genocide by Mahmood Mamdani
    • Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda by Scott Peterson
    • Conspiracy to Murder: The Rwandan Genocide by Linda Melvern
    • Hotel Rwanda: Bringing The True Story Of An African Hero To Film by Terry George
    • A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It by Stephen Kinzer
    • Justice on the Grass: Three Rwandan Journalists, Their Trial for War Crimes and a Nation’s Quest for Redemption by Dina Temple-Raston
    • The Silence by Gilles Peress – photography
    • Never Again, Again, Again…: Genocide: Armenia, The Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur by Lane H. Montgomery
    • Touched By Fire: Doctors Without Borders in a Third World Crisis by Elliott Leyton
    • Accounting For Horror: Post-Genocide Debates in Rwanda by Nigel Eltringham
    • Rwanda and genocide in the twentieth century by Alan Destexhe
    • The Genocidal Temptation: Auschwitz, Hiroshima, Rwanda, and Beyond by Robert S. Frey
  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade
  • Picture Books

    • The Sudan Project: Rebuilding with the People of Darfur-A Young Person’s Guide by Melissa Leembruggen


  • Adult
    • Deogratias, a Tale of Rwanda by J. P. Stassen and Alexis Siegel – graphic novel
  • Young Adult
    • Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You by Hanna Jansen
  • Middle Grade
  • Picture Books

Media Recommendations

  • Darfur Now (DVD – 2008)
  • Darfur Diaries: Message From Home (DVD – 2006)
  • Sand and Sorrow (DVD – 2008)
  • A Journey to Darfur (DVD – 2007)
  • The Devil Came On Horseback (DVD 2007)
  • ABC News Nightline The Sudan (DVD – 2007)
  • Hotel Rwanda (DVD 2005)
  • Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda (DVD 2004)
  • Sometimes in April (DVD 2005)
  • The Diary of Immaculee (DVD 2006)
  • Rwanda: Do Scars Ever Fade? (DVD – 2004)
  • Beyond the Gates (DVD 2005)

Websites & Blog Recommendations

Women for Women International — Supports women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives.

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