PBS journalist Amy Costello, reporting for a PBS Frontline special in 2005, was a firsthand witness to the effects of genocide in Darfur. A video of her experiences is on the PBS site, providing an inside look at a crisis that she calls “entirely man-made.” Costello was one of the first journalists to report atrocities that are now common knowledge, thanks to groups like Save Darfur
and Not On Our Watch
, who have dedicated themselves to making sure people know about the situation in Darfur and have access to resources that provide aid.
Costello interviews refugee Darfuris, whose first-hand accounts of the Janjaweed have helped piece together who is responsible for the violence, abductions, and village-burning. Costello also reports that the death rate in the remaining villages and refugee camps is about 5,000 to 10,000 people a month, and many of these deaths are attributable to not just the Janjaweed, but the Sudanese Air Force. Some of the women she interviewed say that their houses were destroyed by planes. At the time, the government claimed that such bombings were “intended to root out rebels,”; instead, they struck civilian targets.