Translator : A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur

ISBN-10: 1400067448
ISBN-13: 9781400067442
Edition: 2008
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Description: "I am the translator who has taken journalists into dangerous Darfur. It is my intention now to take you there in this book, if you have the courage to come with me." The young life of Daoud Hari-his friends call him David-has been one of bravery  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/18/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

"I am the translator who has taken journalists into dangerous Darfur. It is my intention now to take you there in this book, if you have the courage to come with me." The young life of Daoud Hari-his friends call him David-has been one of bravery and mesmerizing adventure. He is a living witness to the brutal genocide under way in Darfur. "The Translator" is a suspenseful, harrowing, and deeply moving memoir of how one person has made a difference in the world-an on-the-ground account of one of the biggest stories of our time. Using his high school knowledge of languages as his weapon-while others around him were taking up arms-Daoud Hari has helped inform the world about Darfur. Hari, a Zaghawa tribesman, grew up in a village in the Darfur region of Sudan. As a child he saw colorful weddings, raced his camels across the desert, and played games in the moonlight after his work was done. In 2003, this traditional life was shattered when helicopter gunships appeared over Darfur's villages, followed by Sudanese-government-backed militia groups attacking on horseback, raping and murdering citizens and burning villages. Ancient hatreds and greed for natural resources had collided, and the conflagration spread. Though Hari's village was attacked and destroyedhis family decimated and dispersed, he himself escaped. Roaming the battlefield deserts on camels, he and a group of his friends helped survivors find food, water, and the way to safety. When international aid groups and reporters arrived, Hari offered his services as a translator and guide. In doing so, he risked his life again and again, for the government of Sudan had outlawed journalists in the region, and death wasthe punishment for those who aided the "foreign spies." And then, inevitably, his luck ran out and he was captured. . . . "The Translator" tells the remarkable story of a man who came face-to-face with genocide- time and again risking his own life to fight injustice and save his people.

Daoud Hari was born in the Darfur region of Sudan. After escaping an attack on his village, he entered the refugee camps in Chad and began serving as a translator for major news organizations includingThe New York Times,NBC, and the BBC, as well as the United Nations and other aid groups. He now lives in the United States and was part of SaveDarfur.org's Voices from Darfur tour. From the Hardcover edition.

Introductionp. ix
A Call from the Roadp. 3
We Are Herep. 11
The Dead Nilep. 21
A Bad Time to Go Homep. 28
My Sister's Villagep. 38
The End of the Worldp. 43
Homecomingp. 48
The Seven of Usp. 62
The Translatorp. 68
Sticks for Shadep. 71
Two and a Half Million Storiesp. 77
Connectionsp. 86
Nicholas Kristof and Ann Curry Reportingp. 92
Once More Homep. 99
Waking Up in N'Djamenap. 106
A Strange Forestp. 111
The Sixth Tripp. 114
What Can Change in Twenty-four Hours?p. 120
Some Boys Up Ahead with a Kalashnikovp. 125
Our Bad Situation Gets a Little Worsep. 131
Blindfolds, Pleasep. 136
We Came to Rescue You Guysp. 142
We Can't Think of Anything to Sayp. 146
The Rules of Hospitalityp. 151
Open House at the Torture Centerp. 161
The Hawalyap. 168
My One Percent Chancep. 176
Acknowledgmentsp. 183
A Darfur Primerp. 185
The Universal Declaration of Human Rightsp. 195
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

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