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5.0 out of 5 stars eye-opening and frustrating
This is one of the books that makes you think why you torture yourself by reading it. But you cannot stop reading it. It makes you question your own actions and think what can you do to change the world and make it a little bit better. It's a touching and shocking story that everyone should read.
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by AnnikaGo

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting
What selfish and self centered authors these two are. I cannot believe what I read, or I try not to believe what I read. How can anyone just think of self, self, self glorification over genocide. I never finished the book.

I shall pray for those people suffering genocide whilst aid agencies sit 100-200 miles behind the firing line and then swoop in for...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting, 11 May 2013
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This review is from: The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur (Hardcover)
What selfish and self centered authors these two are. I cannot believe what I read, or I try not to believe what I read. How can anyone just think of self, self, self glorification over genocide. I never finished the book.

I shall pray for those people suffering genocide whilst aid agencies sit 100-200 miles behind the firing line and then swoop in for glorification after the event.
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5.0 out of 5 stars eye-opening and frustrating, 16 Oct 2011
This is one of the books that makes you think why you torture yourself by reading it. But you cannot stop reading it. It makes you question your own actions and think what can you do to change the world and make it a little bit better. It's a touching and shocking story that everyone should read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GENOCIDE IN PROGRESS..., 24 Feb 2008
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This review is from: The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur (Hardcover)
This is an eyewitness account of the genocide in Darfur. In 2004, former marine, Brian Steidle, signed on with the Joint Military Commission (JMC) for a position as a Patrol Leader in the Sudan. The JMC was created to oversee conflict in central Sudan and monitor a ceasefire. His job was to consist of investigating ceasefire violations. Steidle accepted the position with the JMC totally ignorant of the area in which he would be working and its political issues and conflicts. By the time he arrived in the Sudan, a full blown genocide was in progress.

Steidle's role was that of reporting what he saw, and what he saw was a Sudanese government that stood idly by as innocent black African civilians, rather than rebel forces, were routinely killed and tortured by Arab civilians known as "Janjaweed" (the devil on horseback) with the seeming blessing of the Sudanese government based in Khartoum and the aid of its government troops. Frustrated by his watchdog role, Steidle carefully documented all that he saw in order to bear witness to this large scale genocide that was taking place and alert the world to it, as he was stationed where journalists were nowhere to be found.

His is a compelling birds-eye view of a regional conflict that degenerated into a full scale genocide of its native people. The shortcoming of the book is the author's ignorance of the area and its historical and political conflicts. Thus, nothing in the book is grounded into any particular context, causing it to be a somewhat one dimensional account. While the author's outrage is palpable, so is his ignorance. Still, it is a harrowing account of the suffering of the Sudan's black citizens and an indictment of the Sudanese government and the international community.
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