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CONTENTSAcknowledgements 9Foreword 15Introduction 17Preface: On Our Watch 211. Challenges and Choices 252. Two Paths Out of Apathy 433. Sudan's Backdrop to Genocide 894. From the Front Lines of Darfur 1155. Citizens v. Government 1336. Activist Beginnings and Success Stories 1587. The Upstanders 1888. Strategies for Effective Change 2239. Stop Mass Atrocities Now: An Agenda for Change 282Conclusion: Never Again 315Appendix 331Endnotes 345Glossary of Abbreviations 350

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Don CheadleDon Cheadle is one of America's most acclaimed actors. He was nominated for an academy award for his portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda, the story of how a Hutu hotel manager sheltered hundreds of Tutsis and other refugees during the Rwandan genocide. He also starred in, and was one of the producers of Crash, which won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Picture. His other film credits include Traffic, Boogie Nights, Out of Sight, Ocean's Eleven and Twelve, and Thirteen.John PrendergastJohn Prendergast is a Senior Adviser of the International Crisis Group. John has focused most of his twenty-year career on conflict resolution in Africa and shaping U.S. foreign policy toward the region. He worked for the Clinton administration from 1996-2001 and has worked for a variety of NGOs and think tanks in Africa and the U.S. In addition to peace-making, John has also focused on human rights promotion and humanitarian action. He has authored or co-authored seven books on Africa.


Over the past five years, youth groups, religious organizations, politicians and individuals have responded to the crisis in Sudan in increased numbers. This book is a guide for these already involved, as well as those who are interested in taking action, or speaking out against the mass killings that continue to occur in the country's Darfur region. Coauthored by Cheadle, actor and star of the film Hotel Rwanda, and Prendergast, senior adviser of the International Crisis Group, the book is a pastiche of practical information, instructions, memoir and history. As a handbook for budding activists, it's informative and, at times, inspiring. The combination of charts, lists and first-person accounts create a simple and reasonable path to action. But as a source for information about the conflict in Sudan, the book falters. The history is neither clear nor succinct, and there is not much of it. Furthermore, although Cheadle and Prendergast's personal anecdotes are entertaining, they overshadow the few anecdotes about the Sudanese living through the crisis. The book's most interesting moment, besides the useful advice on how to get involved, is its delving into the government's excuses for inaction. (May 1) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

'Don and John are two of the great champions of ending this genocide. With this book they remind us that the individual can change the world for the better. And they also remind us that we all bear responsibility in this crime against humanity. I'm proud to call them my friends.'- George Clooney, actor and co-founder of the ENOUGH campaign 'This book is a guide for these already involved, as well as those who are interested in taking action, or speaking out against the mass killings that continue to occur in the country's Darfur region. Informative and inspiring...'- Publishers Weekly 'A compelling account of the gravest humanitarian crisis of our time.'- Martin Bell, UNICEF Ambassador 'The international community has a responsibility to protect civilians from crimes against humanity. When it fails in that responsibility, as in Darfur, we see the catastrophic consequences.'- Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK 'This book is a rallying cry to every person in the world to help save Darfur and stop this genocide.'- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 'Not On Our Watch is so important because it not only illustrates the horror of the Darfur genocide, but provides us with solutions. We must act now. The future of millions-- and the future of our own morality--hangs in the balance.'- John O'Shea, Founder and CEO, GOAL 'An excellent tells the story of where the genocide began, where it is heading and what you can do to stop it.'- Today with Tom McGurk, RTE Radio 1 ...its message is so urgent it should be read by everyone.'- Claire Allfree, METRO

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