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Americans arriving in Saudi Arabia after being evacuated from Sudan.

Americans arriving in Saudi Arabia after being evacuated from Sudan. | Photo Credit: PBS NewsHour Classroom.

Sudan Crisis Reaches Breaking Point as Refugees and Others Flee

May 2, 2023

Sudan Crisis Reaches Breaking Point as Refugees and Others Flee

Ask Students: Where is Sudan, and When did the current conflict there begin? Who are some of the people fighting in Sudan?

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Sudan’s military agreed to send a representative to potential peace negotiations 16 days after an eruption of violence that has killed more than 500 people. The street-to-street fighting and humanitarian crisis have forced millions to flee their homes. Nick Schifrin reports on the conditions and the U.S. evacuation of 1,000 American citizens since Friday.

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Discussion Questions

  • Where is Sudan, and When did the current conflict there begin?
  • Who are some of the people fighting in Sudan?
  • Why has fighting broken out?
  • What are countries such as the U.S. doing to address the violence?
  • How might potential peace negotiations seek to resolve conflict?

Focus Questions

What responsibility do you think the United States and other countries have to the people of Sudan? What is the best way to help?

Media Literacy: Who else would you want to hear from to better understand the conflict in Sudan?

Extension Activity

Discuss as a class — what are international leaders’ concerns in a crisis like that in Sudan? Who do they help first? How can they push for peace? To help answer these questions, first read this article about evacuations and refugee management currently happening in Sudan.

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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