Darfur is Dying

Susana Ruiz, Ashley York and Huy Truong


Sponsorship: mtvU, in partnership with The Reebok Human Rights Foundation and The International Crisis Group. Acknowledgements: mtvU, interFUEL and the numerous students, aid workers and experts who helped to create the project

Darfur is Dying is an online game designed to serve as an informational entryway to the current humanitarian crisis in the Sudan. It is an exploration into social-issue gaming and weaves uncomplicated and immediate mechanisms into the gameplay that seek to effect real world change.

The game provides a window into the experience of the 2.5 million refugees and displaced persons in the Darfur region of Sudan. Players must keep their refugee camp functioning in the face of possible attack by militias, and can learn about the genocide that has taken the lives of 400,000 people.

Darfur is Dying has generated more than three million plays and thousands of “real-world actions,” including letters to members of the US Congress.