Just imagine words that can describe Darfur war

1st February 2008 at 00:00
Teenagers are being invited to imagine what it must be like to be growing up in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan.

The charity Human Rights Watch has launched a competition to raise pupil awareness of the crisis in the African state.

Since 2003, more than two million people have been displaced in Darfur as a result of ethnic cleansing. Tens of thousands have died.

The competition is open to key stage 4 pupils. Entries can be poems, fictional stories or point-of-view essays. Human Rights Watch has produced accompanying teachers' packs, which include background information and lesson plans.

The competition is supported by several children's authors. Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider books, said: "It's not the meek who will inherit the earth, but the young. The more they understand and connect with the problems in the world, the more chance they have of one day solving them."

Tom Porteous, of Human Rights Watch, said: "Knowledge and understanding of the conflict are the keys to resolving this terrible humanitarian crisis."

The competition closing date is March 31. The winners will have their work published. They will also be invited to a writing workshop in London.

www.rightwords.org.uk.

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