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Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide Hardcover – 10 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (10 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230100228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230100220
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,460,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'My deepest conviction is that we have both a responsibility to remember and a responsibility to protect. Genocide is not inevitable or unstoppable - unless we choose to let it happen.' - Mia Farrow, from the Foreword
'Rebecca Hamilton is the model of an 'upstander,' one who raises her voice and acts when people - whether near or far, Western or African - are most in need of help.' - LGen. the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, author of Shake Hands with the Devil

'A masterful feat of original research and reporting, Fighting for Darfur is an authoritative account of the impact of the first sustained citizens' movement against genocide. With Hamilton's fierce determination to get beyond self-congratulatory slogans and taken-for-granted assumptions about what is required to save lives at risk, she provides insights that will be invaluable for concerned citizens, human rights advocates and policymakers alike for years and years to come. Essential reading for anyone who wants to help build a better world.'

—Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines

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The inspirational story of how regular citizens can affect foreign policy, and reignite our leaders with a sense of passion and morality

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This book is outstanding. The slogan 'Never again' sounded convincing once, but again and again genocides occur, and others are in preparation whilst the world stands by, making pronouncements and passing resolutions whilst people die. Activism is a heady drug and Darfur saw what the Holocaust and Rwanda did not, a mass movement to persuade governments, particularly the US government, to act. Meanwhile, back in Darfur, horror was piled upon horror. The perpetrators won. It is the traumatised survivors who were punished, for example by the Government of Sudan's expulsion of organisations providing care for the countless rape victims in a still ongoing massive rampage of evil for which it is responsible. China, sponsor and protector of that genocidal government, changed course only as long its Olympics were tarnished, and only just enough to limit that damage. Activism was far from useless, but failed to achieve its real goal. If genocide and mass atrocities are to go the way of cannibalism we need to learn more. A terrific lot more.

Rebecca Hamliton's book is a highly intelligent and widely searching report which I now regard as essential reading for anyone seriously concerned with activism or policy and political action against mass atrocity. There are many books about the Darfur genocide and this one is outstanding amongst them. I believe we will hear a great deal more of Rebecca Hamilton in the future. Palgrave Macmillan have a distinguished record in books on genocide and this book adds to it.

Mass atrocities are a major human problem and deserve a major human effort to bring them under control. Feel-good action definitely serves a purpose but is definitely not enough. Well-meaning liberal sentiment does not cut the mustard. Serious study, a lot of it over a long time, is essential. A vital part of this study is iterative learning from the results of our previous actions and Rebecca Hamilton has given this some sorely needed impetus.
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