• ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 4/12/2013

     

    Current news is scary, isn't it?  If you want the 411 on what's happening in North Korea, check out Vlogbro Hank Green's quickie:

       NORTH KOREA EXPLAINED (3:51)

       
     
    Now if you want to know more, check out Vlogbro JOHN GREEN's review of the New York Times Bestseller - ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14.
     
    Published on Apr 9, 2013  In which John discusses life inside a North Korean concentration camp as reported by Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person ever known to have gotten out of North Korea after being born in the infamous Camp 14. The remarkable book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0143122916
     
       INSIDE NORTH KOREA (3:00)
       
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  • A LONG WAY GONE

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 12/17/2012

    A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER

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    Beah

    A gripping story of a child’s journey through hell and back.

    In A LONG WAY GONE, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story. At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. Eventually released by the army and sent to a UNICEF rehabilitation center, he struggled to regain his humanity and to reenter the world of civilians, who viewed him with fear and suspicion. This is, at last, a story of redemption and hope.

    Watch Katie Couric's CBS News Interview with Beah 

     
    Watch this brief UNICEF video to see what the United Nations is doing for children in conflicts.  This video focuses on the problem in the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC.
     
     
     
     
     
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  • THE ENOUGH MOMENT

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 12/16/2012

    The Enough Moment

    THE ENOUGH MOMENT:  FIGHTING TO END AFRICA'S WORST HUMAN RIGHTS CRIMES

    Human rights activist John Prendergast and Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle bring us an empowering and hopeful new book, as they reveal the steps being taken by engaged citizens—"Upstanders"—famous and unknown, here and abroad, to combat genocide, rape, and child soldierdom in Africa, and show how you can be a part of the movement.

    Learn how a high school student in Chicago rallied fellow students all over his city to raise awareness of genocide... a former child soldier in Uganda formed a group of others like him to aid in reconciliation... and a mother and teacher gang-raped by soldiers in Congo found strength to help other survivors. John and Don present ways for you to form alliances, contact Congress, alert the media, enlist corporations, and use social media to become part of the solution.

    Featuring testimonies and interviews with:

    • Ben Affleck • Madeleine Albright • Emmanuelle Chriqui • Sheryl Crow • Ann Curry • Annie Duke • Dave Eggers • Mia Farrow • Ryan Gosling • Mariska Hargitay • Emile Hirsch • Iman • Angelina Jolie • Nicholas Kristof • Joel Madden • Nicole Richie • Martin Sheen • Robin Wright • As well as a number of members of Congress and many others making a difference

     

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  • NOT ON OUR WATCH

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 12/16/2012
    Check out this book at ENOUGH .
     
    Check on the NOT OUR OUR WATCH PROJECT website.
       FOUNDERS: Dn Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman,and Jerry Weintraub
      ...Drawing upon the voices of cultural leaders to protect and assist the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.
    Not On Our Watch
     
    MAY 1, 2007
     
    An Academy Award-nominated actor and a renowned human rights activist team up to change the tragic course of history in the Sudan -- with readers' help

    While Don Cheadle was filming Hotel Rwanda, a new crisis had already erupted in Darfur, in nearby Sudan. In September 2004, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell termed the atrocities being committed there "genocide" -- and yet two years later things have only gotten worse. 3.5 million Sudanese are going hungry, 2.5 million have been displaced by violence, and 400,000 have died in Darfur to date.

    Both shocked and energized by this ongoing tragedy, Cheadle teamed up with leading activist John Prendergast to focus the world's attention. Not on Our Watch, their empowering book, offers six strategies readers themselves can implement: Raise Awareness, Raise Funds, Write a Letter, Call for Divestment, Start an Organization, and Lobby the Government. Each of these small actions can make a huge difference in the fate of a nation, and a people -- not only in Darfur, but in other crisis zones such as Somalia, Congo, and northern Uganda.

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  • THE GRAVES ARE NOT YET FULL

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 12/16/2012
    Since 1983 journalist Bill Berkeley has traveled through Africa's most troubled lands-Rwanda, Liberia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, and Zaire-seeking out the tyrants and military leaders who orchestrate seemingly intractable wars. Shattering the myth that ancient tribal hatred lies at the heart of the continent's troubles, Berkeley instead holds accountable the "Big Men" who came to power during this period, describing the very rational methods behind their apparent madness.
     
    Read all about it in

    THE GRAVES ARE NOT YET FULL (Amazon) by Bill Berkeley

     
    The Graves Are Not Yet Full  
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  • WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT TOMORROW WE WILL BE KILLED WITH OUR FAMILIES

    Posted by Susan Shivers on 12/15/2012
     
    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

    In April 1994, the Rwandan government called upon everyone in the Hutu majority to kill each member of the Tutsi minority, and over the next three months 800,000 Tutsis perished in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler's war against the Jews. Philip Gourevitch's haunting work is an anatomy of the war in Rwanda, a vivid history of the tragedy's background, and an unforgettable account of its aftermath. 
     
    WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT TOMORROW WE WILL BE KILLED WITH OUR FAMILIES:  STORIES FROM RWANDA
     
    Gourevitch's book on Rwandan genocide
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