Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope

Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope

Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope

Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope


Life's changes. They happen every day. Some large, some small. A few are very personal. Others impact the world. Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope includes original and inspiring essays that celebrate the glories gained from taking risks, breaking down barriers, and overcoming any obstacles.

Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, a gallery of O.Henry award recipients, and many best-selling authors come together to share personal and compelling challenges and experiences. From contemplations on past drug use to reflections on gun control, social justice, passion and its sacrifices, and adventures such as skydiving, mountain climbing, and golfing, the topics vary greatly. This kaleidoscopic anthology is a commentary on the lives of prominent literary artists and ordinary citizens who have made simple, yet powerful choices that provoked change in one's self and for humanity- much the same way that Luke and Jennifer Reynolds do by building this invaluable collection for readers and the world of human rights.

Not too long ago, as struggling graduate students, Luke and Jennifer Reynolds conceived this uniquely themed volume as a way to raise funds to support ending the genocide in Darfur. Some people carry signs, others make speeches, many take action. What is most special about this book is that it extends beyond words and ideas, into a tangible effort to effect change. To this end, all royalties from the sales of Dedicated to the People of Darfur:Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope will benefit The Save Darfur Coalition, an organization that seeks to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.


George Saunders

As a writer, I enjoy working with words. Words make meaning. Changing words changes meaning.

Which comes in handy sometimes.

Say I blurt out a problematic phrase like “genocide in Darfur.” This is problematic; if there’s a “genocide” in Darfur, shouldn’t we be doing something to stop it? and for various reasons, we in the developed nations don’t want to stop it.

Why not? Some have suggested racism. They say: Remember Rwanda? You were indifferent when one group of black people butchered another for months on end. To which I respond: Ha ha, yes, but remember Bosnia? We were indifferent there too, for years on end, when one group of white people butchered another.

Furthermore, among the many nations indifferent to this so-called “genocide” are people of every conceivable color. Black, white, brown, yellow, all have proven themselves equally indifferent to stopping the so-called “genocide” in Darfur.

Ergo, we are not indifferent to the genocide in Darfur because the victims are black.

We are indifferent because they are poor and far away.

Still, the resulting sentence doesn’t sound so great: “We are ignoring the genocide in Darfur because the victims are poor and far away.”

Enter the “power of revision.”

Consider the opening pronoun. Are “we” ignoring the genocide? I’m not. I’m writing about it. Let’s be more precise: “They are ignoring….” and are “they” really “ignoring” it? Aren’t they more accurately “deferring action with regard to” the genocide in Darfur?

Also: “genocide” is such a charged word. While, ok, yes, certain armed members of one racial group are systematically trying to eliminate all the members of another group, including the children, including the women, many of whom are being raped before their murders, let’s not jump to conclusions. Let’s wait until all the evidence is in—like fifty years or so. Once the killers have been . . .

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