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The Translator by Daoud Hari
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Dec 10, 2009

it was amazing
Read in November, 2009 , read count: 1

I listened to the audio book, which is brilliantly read by Mirron Willis. The book conveys in the rawest terms the violence and human tragedy of Darfur. Hari helps us understand the ways of life in Darfur, both before the genocide, when he lived a traditional tribal life with his family, and after, when government troops and their allies lawlessly spread death and destruction and created refugees, living in squalid camps in Chad, of the survivors. This story also demonstrates how difficult it is to effect change in a far-off totalitarian part of the world, where threats of sanctions or UN censure carry little weight.

Hari, while remaining humble, demonstrates his amazing courage and, perhaps even more remarkable, his ability to avoid falling into despair. It is clear he would like to see a vigorous humanitarian relief effort but I also believe he also understands that humanitarian relief alone is ultimately not sufficient to return the surviving people of Darfur to their homes and villages and lifestyles. Sadly, these people are regarded as insignificant in the global game of politics, which is why the stronger actions which are required to remove the Bashir regime are not likely to occur any time soon. Perhaps if enough people read this book, and other works describing the realities of Darfur, more pressure will be brought to bear on the leaders of the free world to take real action to help the people of Darfur.
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