Darfuri tribesman to talk about genocide experience

Darfuri tribesman to talk about genocide experience Author of CMC's Common Reader 'The Translator' to speak STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - The author of "The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur" will visit the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs to talk about his book and sign copies on Thursday, Nov. 5. "The Translator" is this year's Common Reader book across the college district, a program designed to promote learning conversations. Around 2,000 copies of the book were given to Colorado Mountain College students, faculty, staff and community members. Daoud Hari, a Zaghawa tribesman who grew up in a village in the Darfur region of Sudan, wrote "The Translator," which the Washington Post Book World says "may be the biggest small book of this year, or any year." In 2003, Hari's traditional life was shattered when helicopter gunships appeared over his village, followed by brutal militia attacks. The attacks destroyed the village, but he escaped and led survivors to safety. When international aid groups and reporters arrived, Hari risked his life by offering his services as a translator and guide to The New York Times, NBC and the BBC, as well as the United Nations and other aid groups. The Sudanese government outlawed journalists in the region, and aiding the "foreign spies" was punishable by death. Hari was captured and held for a time. Hari's 7 p.m. talk will be in the Bud Werner Library Hall, 1289 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. While the talk is free, $5 donations are encouraged, with half of the proceeds going to Reporters Without Borders, an organization that fights for press freedom and human rights all over the world. For more information, call 870-4444 or 1-800-621-8559.


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