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    Do you know what s happening in Darfur right now Because I definitely don t Darfur Diaries is about events from 2004, and in the 15 years that have elapsed, the situation has continued to change So why read a book that is so out of date Firstly, I bought this book somewhat less than recently not in 2006, of course, but maybe 5 years ago Secondly, the subject is still interesting and important enough to merit reading this book Darfur and so many other regions in African countries is experiencing humanitarian crises that are the result of colonialism It s important we learn about and understand these situations so we can work towards decolonization.This book is a behind the scenes account of a team of three Americans who visit Darfur to film a documentary about the situation All three have experience related to international human rights issues, whether it s filming, policy, etc As they learn about the developing situation in Sudan and speak to Sudanese refugees and immigrants, they resolve to do something to make the American public conscious of what s happening there The spectre of what happened in Rwanda hangs over them The team travels into Darfur via Chad, entering the part of the region controlled by the Sudanese Liberation Army They interview displaced people whose villages have been bombed and destroyed by the government and or the Janjaweed militia backed by the government.What Marlowe, Bain, and Shapiro try to convey is the deeply personal cost that these types of situations carry They don t interview officials They interview people on the ground, ordinary people like you or me who were just trying to live their lives People who have already put up with decades of civil war and instability People who just want to get on with it.As a teacher, I read about how in the refugee camps people with any teaching experience volunteer their days to try to teach children with inadequate resources Here I am in Canada and complaining when my SMART board won t work properly I don t just have it easy I have it incredibly easy compared to these people Yet they are so dedicated time and again, from the youngest to the oldest, we hear them explain how keeping up with their children s education is paramount.This is emphasized when the team finally sits down with their guide, Dero He s a young man who walked to a nearby village as a child and stayed there for six months at a time, returning home only when he ran out of food, to sleep at a school and learn as best he could For a time he organized and ran school in part of his village, until they were displaced again He shares his aspirations to become a teacher, and then hopefully study further to become a doctor or some other occupation desperately needed by his people.And he echoes what so many of the other interviewees say That they bear no ill will to the soldiers who are committing these crimes They don t necessarily seek vengeance or retaliation though a few do they want harmony, not strife The filmmaking team always asks if their subjects have any message for American children back home It s usually the same hello we are the same as you we hope you are well we hope this does not happen to you Heartbreaking isn t quite the right word here It s eye opening in a tender, compelling way Too often we see refugees depicted as these massive groups Even in sympathetic portrayals, even when a few are interviewed, we reduce them to huddled masses The individualized nature of these interviews is quite interesting I also really enjoyed hearing, towards the end, how much the team realized they misunderstood or didn t catch when they were present in Darfur, owing to the interpreters they used And I have a lot of respect for how the team went into this crisis and worked hard to convey the voices of the people they interviewed, without editorializing Note I haven t watched the documentary itself This is not a review of the documentary, just of this book There are like two or three forewords prefaces to Darfur DIaries And while Marlowe explains why it was difficult to decide how much context to put into the documentary, I wish there had been context in this book I m vaguely familiar with the colonial history, but not necessarily in that specific region of Africa, and we don t want to make assumptions that every area of Africa has similar colonial experiences One thing I learned is just how many different tribal nations call Darfur and nearby areas of Chad and Sudan their home and indeed, where the name Darfur comes from.Darfur Diaries is not mind blowing It offers no solutions or hope for the crisis as it unfolded in 2004 It doesn t do much new for this genre of chronicling issues of genocide and displacement Yet it serves its purpose well It s informative It s honest It s open and raw and sensitive without being sentimental or stereotypical.It sounds like, from my cursory reading, that the situation in Darfur continues to be tragic and painful its inhabitants Yet Darfur has largely fallen off our radar here in Canada and the West, as far as the news cycle goes It s impossible for us to care about everything all of the time, and we have a lot to care about right now, I know I just wish that didn t mean so many people losing their lives, livelihoods, and .


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    These beautiful, laughing, running kids, were certainly not miserable They were vibrant with life Still, knowing what I did, I wanted to find some way to protect them from their pasts, which I could scarecely imagine when looking at their quick smiles, and from their futures, which were so precarious I wanted to give them than I possibly could His steady voice quivered for a moment, and then continued with determination It felt like I lost all the world We cry Our homes are filled with tears If the media will take our problem to the United Nations, they will recognize that we have rights The United Nations is the father of all countries, not just America I don t have anything to say Please give our message to the international community and let us know if human beings are supposed to live under these conditions If you could give a message to the kids in America your age, what would it be I will wish them peace and I will tell them we are here in Darfur Our villages were burned, we are in a very bad situation We ran to the Sudan Liberation Army He paused, trying to think of what else he could ask his peers in America How are you guys doing I would say to them that what they are doing is wrong We can meet together and talk about what you need and what I need, about what is right, what is wrong I turned over every stone, I crossed all the land I am desperately looking, but I have no solution I don t know what to do I don t know how to admit this So let me rest When the horror is so large, there is a tendency to buy into the fallacy that since you can t do everything, then it s pointless to do anything If we allow ourselves to fall into that trap, we become completely paralyzed A phone call to your congressperson isn t going to halt the Sudanese government A letter to the editor of a newspaper isn t going to ensure access to humanitarian aid for displaced people We know this film isn t going to stop a genocideBut it all feeds into a larger effort Perhaps it s true that we can t possibly do enough But what we do does matter It matters to people in Darfur and refugees from Darfur who are here It s importat for them to know that there are people in the outside world who care about them, who are standing with them ad working on their behalf.


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    Darfur Diaries is a poignant, raw view of three documentary makers journey into genocide ravaged Darfur Fortunately, this is not a report, but a soul wrenching memoir It s not pretty and it s not supposed to be, but for anyone who has seen the documentary, this memoir is a necessary companion It delves deeper into the lives portrayed on the film and describes the horrors filmed in detail Conversely, anyone who has read the book ought to see the film.


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    After reading this documentary book, there are three main connections that connect this book to A Long Walk to Water The first connection is This book and A Long Walk to Water both have the setting of Southern Sudan Which means, this book and A long walk to Water happened at the same place After finding out this book happens in the same place, it made me want to read this book The second connection is This book and A Long Walk to Water happened at the same time They both happened around the 1990s Which means that this documentary book happened to film the same war in A Long Walk to Water The last main connection that I made in this book was Life is hard, you always had to hide from bombs and soldiers from the wars There was almost zero work in southern Sudan and every day from dawn to dusk you are hiding from bombs and attacks happening In the book A Long Walk to Water, it was the same Salva had to flee his parents because of his war that was happening in South Sudan I think that this is very sad These were the three main connections that i made during me reading this book Now for the actual review of this book, I think that this book started off kind of exciting that these people were going to film a documentary and everybody was eager to find out how was the life in Southern Sudan But after reading 1 4 of this book I felt that this book started to get kind of boring because they were just filming the same thing There was nothing happening at Southern Sudan Everything was the same Hide from War Bombs But then, this book started to get actually really exciting again because the people who went and film met a person who knows how to speak English and lives at Darfur So, the filming people followed the person who knows how to speak English and filmed a lot of historical Sudan places That was kind of the only excitement in this book and everything else was kind of boring This is why I gave this book 4 stars Of course, I still do recommend this book to people who like history especially social studies, people


  5. says:

    Heartbreaking


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    Reviewed for www.thcreviews.comAt it s heart, Darfur Diaries is about the journey of three young filmmakers who went on a quest in 2004 to foster widespread awareness of the events that were unfolding in Darfur, but not receiving a great deal of media attention at the time I was impressed with the courage that these three humanitarians exhibited in traveling to and spending weeks in a dangerous, war torn region, but what impressed me even were the people that they met along the way These Darfurians showed a spirit of generosity in sharing not only their food and transportation, but most importantly their personal stories While a few of the interviewees expressed a desire for revenge, usually for the deaths of family members, I was surprised that several did not seem to harbor ill feelings toward their oppressors, instead simply wanting to live in peace again Another thing that really stood out to me was how much the Darfurians value education Living in a country where we seem to take this privilege for granted, it was very enlightening and affecting to see such a passion for learning being expressed I was also amazed by the resilience of the human spirit, how these people somehow still manage to continue living even in circumstances that most Americans or Westerners in general could hardly fathom The authors attended a wedding that took place in the midst of all the destruction and in spite of the potential dangers I found that story to be a stirring and poignant reminder of life still abiding in the midst of death.The only real complaint I have it that when I saw the title of this book, I thought that it would chronicle in depth stories of survivors of the conflict in Darfur It did cover the personal narratives of many Darfurians, and while some were long enough for me to get a pretty good feel for the person being interviewed and what they had been through, others were just too brief to satisfy me Perhaps this is a good thing though, as the details of the atrocities these people had suffered would certainly not be for the faint of heart As it is written though, I think that almost anyone could read it without feeling too depressed or overburdened, which may give it appeal to a wider audience Darfur Diaries was certainly not a deep political treatise on the area, but I did learn some things about the history of Sudan and the political climate that led to this conflict I think that not bogging the book down with too many details on history or politics made it an easy read that would be accessible to anyone who would like to know about Darfur and it s people, and I would readily recommend it in this capacity The companion film which the authors finished and released in 2006 is titled Darfur Diaries Message From Home After reading Darfur Diaries Stories of Survival, I am now very interested in checking it out, so that I can see and hear the people to whom I was introduced in the book.


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    by Jen Marlowe total pages 259 The book Darfur Diaries by Jen Marlowe is a series of stories about people who have survived the genocide that is currently going on in Sudan Innocent people are being attacked by the Janjaweed and killing thousands of people A specific story i remember reading about is children sitting in school learning and they hear a loud noise and then the next thing they know a bomb is right in their classroom These stories are especially sad because in Darfur there is already extreme poverty and they barely have anything and many of the citizens are malnourished and leave in homes that are not very stable and get destroyed with extreme weather conditions Frequent stories of young girls being raped and bombs hitting people while they are in their in their homes and just living their everyday lives Another story which i remembered was a man that was going to work and he was bringing his sons with him and a bomb hit them as they were walking The father was hurt badly and both his sons died Every story is true but they are all very sad and heartbreaking This book has made me aware of things that are going on currently and now i want to help them because you feel fortunate because you have much then they do and on top of that they get bombed it is just really sad Being aware of current events is important and there are many organizations out there that help these people and after hearing of the survivors you just want to do what ever you can to help.


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    I am finding this book very hard to read Not that it is bad, but because I am not that great at reading non fiction I don t know what to rate this bookthe subject matter and the need for people to understand what is going on in Darfur deserve at least four stars, but the way this is written and its ability to hold my interest is a two star rating I decided to read this book, because it sounded like it would focus on individuals stories This appealed to me and what I need to stay interested in a non fiction book Unfortunately, the focus is on the authors, the ones who went to Darfur to film their documentary rather than on the people they were talking to The stories are about how they got to Darfur, how they met with these people, their thoughts on what they said, etc I think I need to see the documentary to see the stories, listen to the voices of those affected I have not given up on the book quite yet I pick it up and read a few pages now and then I want to read it I want to be informed It is just taking me longer to do than I thought it would.


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    i met jen, the primary author of this book, at a book signing just over a year ago she s quirky and funny and it translates relatively well to this book she navigates you through refugee camps and an illegal crossing of the chad sudan border in a pick up truck full of rebel soldiers without taking herself very seriously and while still making time for jokes her ability to remain unbiased and honest is outstanding her real respect for the people she encounters is evident in every detail she describes she doesn t pity these people she doesn t think she is there to fix them she recognizes them as peers in a way that i ve never seen in a book like this before.i don t recommend this for anyone that hasn t already done some preliminary research on sudan and darfur nor do i recommend it for anyone expecting a detailed political analysis of the conflict this book is the intimate next step you know the background, you think you understand some of the primary causes, you know the numbers this book is about the people that were there and living it in 2003 and it will completely change how you feel about what you already know.


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    Dafur Diaries is indeed a Message From Home This well crafted book tells the stories of the Darfurian people caught up in the ongoing atrocities that define this poorly understood conflict The author does not preach to the reader Instead exercises a remarkable degree of restraint by allowing the book s subjects to tell their own stories In doing so it is the Darfurians themselves who inform and educate Because the book is so well crafted it is never boring In fact it leaves you with a desire to know about the people, the confict and the region That appears to have been the authors goal and should be the true measure for the success for this book I highly recommend Darfur Diaries to any thoughtful individual interested in understanding the very real human side of this tragic conflict.


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Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival download Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival, read online Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival, kindle ebook Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival, Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival 87e27c3a29bf In February The Sudanese Liberation Army In Darfur The Western Region Of Sudan After Years Of Oppression Took Up Arms Against The Sudanese Government The Government And Allied Militias Answered The Rebellion With Mass Murder, Rape And The Wholesale Destruction Of Villages And Livelihood, Resulting In One Of The World S Largest Humanitarian And Political Crises Up To Million People Were Displaced , People Killed In October And November After Watching Woefully Inadequate Media Coverage On The Crisis In Darfur, A Team Of Three Independent Filmmakers Trekked To Darfurian Refugee Camps In Eastern Chad And Crept Across The Border Into Darfur They Met Dozens Of Darfurians, And Spoke With Them About Their History, Hopes And Fears, And The Tragedy They Are Living Refugees And Displaced Peoples, Civilians And Fighters Resisting The Sudanese Government, Teachers, Students, Parents, Children And Community Leaders Provide The Heart Of Darfur Diaries Their Stories And Testimonies, Woven Together Through The Personal Experience Of The Filmmakers, And Conveyed With Political And Historical Context, Provide A Much Needed Account To Help Understand Darfur These Are People Whose Lives, Homes, Safety And Rights Deserve To Be Protected As Vigilantly As Those Of Peoples All Over The World