The Devil Came on Horseback

The Devil Came on Horseback

Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur

Book - 2007
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Former United States Marine Brian Steidle served for six months in Darfur as an unarmed military observer for the African Union. There he witnessed first-hand the ongoing genocide, and documented every day of his experience using email, audio journals, notebook after notebook and nearly 1,000 photographs. Gretchen Steidle Wallace, his sister, who wrote this book with Brian, corresponded with him throughout his time in Darfur. Fired upon, taken hostage, a witness to villages destroyed and people killed, frustrated by his mission's limitations and the international community's reluctance to intervene, Steidle resigned and has since become an advocate for the world to step in and stop this genocide.

The Devil Came on Horseback depicts the tragic impact of an Arab government bent on destroying its black African citizens, the maddening complexity of international inaction in response to blatant genocide, and the awkward, yet heroic transformation of a formerMarine turned humanitarian. It is a gripping and moving memoir that bears witness to atrocities we have too long averted our eyes from, and reveals that the actions of just one committed person have the power to change the world.

Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2007
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781586484743
Branch Call Number: 962.4043 Ste 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xix, 230 p. :,ill., map
Additional Contributors: Wallace, Gretchen Steidle


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Jan 05, 2013

Somehow I missed putting this on my completed shelf and commenting on it. Was just telling my son about it (Jan 5 2013) and went to see what the title was and couldn't find it on my shelves! Was very well written, and easy to read (because of the writing style, not because of the content!) and I would highly recommend it. (a good reminder of how lucky we are!) I see that I must have read it the last 1/2 of October (2012), as I returned it on Oct 27! (another one I picked up while shelving books in the library!)

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