Lecture/Booksigning in NYC for DARFUR: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan

powerHouse Books, Amnesty International, and Barnes & Noble present

Ron Haviv, Leora Kahn, and Larry Cox
Contributors to Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan

July 30, 2007

Barnes & Noble Astor Place,
4 Astor Place, New York, NY (between Broadway and Lafayette)
Tel: 212-420-1322

Time: 7pm

From the e-press release:
“Time: 7pm

About the book, Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan:
Even by conservative estimates, the situation in the Darfur region of the Sudan is grave. There are 3.5 million people who are hungry, 2.5 million who have been displaced by violence, and 400,000 individuals who have died since the crisis began in 2003. The international community has failed to take steps to protect civilians, or to influence the Sudanese government to intervene. The spread of violence, rape, and hate-fueled killings across the border into Chad is simply the latest atrocity. Call it war. Call it genocide. Call it famine. There is no single word to describe the plight of these people. They face all of these horrors at once.

Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan features the work of photographers and writers including:

Lynsey Addario, who has focused on human rights issues ranging from the effects of the Castro regime in Cuba to life under the Taliban in Afghanistan to the war in Iraq.
Pep Bonet, who makes poignant photo essays that have shed light on some of the most heartbreaking examples of human atrocities in recent history, including Darfur.
Colin Finlay, who has covered war, conflict, genocide, famine, environmental issues, religious pilgrimage, and disappearing traditions and cultures, as well as made numerous documentaries for television.
Ron Haviv, who has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, cocaine wars in Columbia, the Gulf War, the flight of the Kurds from Iraq, conflict in Russia, refugees in Rwanda, and political upheaval in Haiti.
Olivier Jobard, who, in April 2004, was the only Western photographer to go into Darfur; he also was the first photographer to penetrate into Fallujah, the Iraqi town seized by American forces, spending two weeks with Iraqi rebels.
Kadir van Lohuizen, who covered the Palestinian Intifada, conflict areas such as Angola, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Liberia and DR Congo. From 1990 to 1994 he covered the transition in South Africa from apartheid to democracy.
Chris Steele-Perkins, who began his first foreign work in 1973 in Bangladesh, followed by work for relief organizations as well as travel assignments. Steele-Perkins joined Magnum and soon began working extensively in the Third World.
Sven Torfinn, who is based in Nairobi, Kenya, working on assignments for Dutch and international media and N.G.O.s.
Jon Alter, author of the widely acclaimed Newsweek column that examines politics, media and social and global issues since 1991.
Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) since January 2006 and veteran human rights advocate.
Mia Farrow, an award-winning actress and has devoted much time to humanitarian causes, particularly those supporting children. She has been associated with UNICEF since December 1998.

The book covers three periods in the Sudan crisis, including images shot in 1988, when an estimated 250,000 Sudanese died of starvation; images from 1992 and 1995 that capture the atrocities of a civil war, when hundreds of thousands fled their homes to other destinations in Sudan or left the country altogether; and images from 2005 and more recently, bringing to light the severity of the humanitarian crisis underway, with the Sudanese government and the Janjaweed militias committing systematic violence on the people of Darfur.

A handbook is included that provides website links and additional resources for readers to pursue. It specifies measures they can take to make their voices heard so the people of Darfur do not feel forgotten. All proceeds from the book will benefit Amnesty International and Genocide Intervention Network.”

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