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Fighting for Darfur Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide

ISBN: 9780230100220 | 0230100228
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: 2/1/2011

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In 2004 Rebecca Hamilton dropped her comfortable life at Harvard Law and left to spend a year in war-torn Darfur. At that time, Darfur was the first genocide to be witnessed in real time - an amazing test case for world leaders to prove that when they said "never again", they meant it. But after the devastating failure in Rwanda, many were rightly suspicious of their sincerity.Hamilton, and grassroots organizations, across the country refused to give up on Darfur, and came together to lobby the government to do what was right, even when it wasn't in their political interest. And amazingly, it worked. While violence was ongoing Colin Powell declared the situation in Darfur to be a genocide, pushing the United States to make good on it's duties as the leader of the free world. Robert Zoellick, along with Bush's speechwriter Michael Gerson, were outspoken supporters of the Darfuri people, successfully galvanizing the president to declare a policy for the region. And in a move that made international headlines, Mia Farrow shamed Steven Spielberg into dropping his role as an advisor to the Beijing 2008 Olympics over China's deadly economic relationship with Sudan.As talks continue over breaking the Sudan in two, giving Darfur its independence, the historic work of groups like Save Darfur will be increasingly in the news.

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