Thursday, March 26, 2009

American Booksellers Association promotes Genocide Prevention Month

As part of Genocide Prevention Month, organizers have partnered with the American Booksellers Association to provide a list of “Books of Conscience” for suggested reading. The titles selected are based on bookseller recommendations, critical acclaim, and sales. Some of the titles include:

A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, By Samantha Power

Night, By Elie Wiesel

The Translator: A Memoir, By Daoud Hari

Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, By Don Cheadle and John Prendergast

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, By Romeo Dallaire

Click here for the full list.

Survivors and advocates designated April as a month of commemoration because the tragedies of Darfur, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, the Holocaust and Armenia all have major anniversaries in April. The growing humanitarian crisis in Darfur – where the Sudanese government’s recent decision to expel 13 international aid agencies has left about 1.1 million civilians without food aid, 1.5 million without health care and more than one million without potable water – underscores the need for the United States and world leaders to act now for Darfur and work to prevent future atrocities.

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