Monday, June 12, 2006


For the longest time, I had a difficult time figuring out what the heck's going on in Sudan. And then a few weeks ago, I became completely engrossed in Rebecca Scroggins' Emma's War. It tells the story of a British "development worker" who married a warlord from southern Sudan. I found Emma completely annoying--one of those insufferable types found pretty much everywhere in the developing world (particularly Africa) who are in love with all the attention that comes with being a foreigner there and who herald the pseudo-altruistic notion that because they're around people's lives are changing for the better.

Nevermind that in the many years she was there she never even learned to speak any of the languages spoken where she lived.

But anyway, the book does an excellent job of making Sudan's recent history both accessible and fascinating. I highly recommend it.

Also, this morning I came across an interesting piece on Darfur in the International Herald Tribune. Also worth a read.


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