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US Holocaust Museum Uses Giant Images to Confront Darfur Crisis


The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC is hosting an unusual exhibit this week, spotlighting the plight of those who live in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.

Photographs of Darfur are being projected on the museum's exterior walls, in an effort to bring attention to the suffering of civilians caught up in the conflict between government troops and rebel fighters there.

The pictures are displayed after sunset, three at a time, with each image some 12 meters high. They depict scenes such as refugees, burning villages and child soldiers. The images are visible to tourists visiting nearby museums and to the city's workers on their commute home.

Museum officials say they deliberately picked this week, with its Thanksgiving holiday, in hopes of contrasting the American day of feasting and reflection with the brutality of the situation in Darfur.

The exhibit, titled Darfur-Darfur, also is scheduled to visit the cities of Chicago, Boston, Houston, and the Canadian city of Toronto, after it concludes its visit to the U.S. capital on Sunday.

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