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2Liberian women demonstrate at the American Embassy in Monrovia at the height of the the civil war in July 2003_300dpi_credit_Pewee_Flomoku1-600x236.jpg (600x236 pixels)

2Liberian women demonstrate at the American Embassy in Monrovia at the height of the the civil war in July 2003_300dpi_credit_Pewee_Flomoku1-600x236.jpg (600x236 pixels) | The Translator | Scoop.it
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This picture shows ladies being involved wanting peace. Every one is effected not just soldiers. In the story, women would get attacked and raped sometimes even killed. People would fight against war as well and ask for peace. This picture is a good example at how little things people could do to help stop war. It disgusts me that men involve women in such a way. I think it is cowardly of men to even think of anything regarding hurting women. 

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This relates to my topic because its a man getting info from another man. Specifically in Africa. In my story, the translator would translate the African language and get certain information. Sometimes very vital or mind blowing information involving the country and genocide. Who knows why this person is getting information from a villager. Maybe it is for something random or maybe it is something regarding a certain problem. I think getting news is good. It is always good to know what is going on in the world around us.

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Republic of theSudan

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The article was about Sudan as a whole. It gave info on Sudan in terms of geography, its people, and the government. For example, they talked about how they are in a transitional phase after years of distress like genocide in Darfur. The government and the rebels have been agreed in terms of power and land. This may be positive for the country; however, I believe that they are not completely great yet. How can a country be whole when they need to different major groups compromising for power based off of selfishness? The article also talked about how times were long ago. Sudan used to be kingdom where different groups with different religions come together. It was interesting.
This connects to my story because my story was during the time of the genocide. It is interesting to know how Sudan is doing now. It is obviously still not doing that great, considering it is still slightly going on. Both groups are still in the country. In my story, both groups are known for brutality for the greater good in their eyes. People have been murdered, raped, lost their houses etc. A scope in this along with genoicde is clash of groups. It shows what that can do if the groups cannot come into agreement. I believe if there was less of a mesh of different religions etc. there would be more compromise. There are so many different viewpoints. In my story, they talked about certain viewpoints from rebel groups like the JEM and the SLA, as well as from the government. That proves that nothing creates disasters more than different types of people competing in the same area. It simply cannot create peace. At least that has been proven so far in my story. 

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Darfur's Skeleton - Full Documentary - YouTube

The rarely discussed topic of the affects of the Darfur conflict (2003-present) on the environment is the axis around which the 3 main stories of this docume...
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The film about a group of people exposing the horrors of Darfur. From corrupt government to famine. They dive deep and get a first hand look at how the people live. As well at how the government works, which is not good. They assure that things are going their way weather it is in the people's benefits or not. That is when the rebels come into play, thus causing a Civil war. The video is good because it is a first hand look. It lets people believe by seeing. It is good at showing what other countries are like besides America. 

This relates to my story in the aspect that the translator dove deep into Darfur like the filmers. They are alike because they both went into the country to expose it. They saw all parts of Darfur and were not pleased. In a way the filmers are a good representation of The translator. Both figuring out what is going on in a country that has been exposed to genocide.

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Darfur is in western Sudan in Africa. It is a tropical area with highs of 100 degrees. It i approximately 170,000 square feet. It can be pretty beautiful but in terms of vacationing I would not go here. It isn't known for it's vacations. However it is very rich in Petroleum.

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This is a picture of a sad African man. I think this is a picture to represent a point at the main characters life where he became very sad. He lost his family to the genocide and had nothing. This happened to so many people during that time. This pictures is a vivid and great example to show pure sadness. No other word can describe how someone would feel after tha texcept maybe anger. But instead of expressing anger the character expressed sympathy for others like him and helped out. It makes me sad as well. It hurts to know that people in the same world I live in are capable or doing such things to people. 

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This photo relates to my topic because it shows soldiers in Darfur ready to do their duty. However that duty may be to attack a village filled with civilians. A big part of my story was genocide and this is an example of people involved with it. Whenever I hear that word or see a picture that has to do with genocide I get disgusted. I think it is a terrible, useless, evil way to solve problems. It is good that there are people in this world who work to go against genocide, however the fact that there even is genocide is sad.

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This article is about an American journalist who was held in a Sudanese jail for spying. He crossed the border without a visa to get news. He stayed in the jail for one month. This was minor but it could have been major. Nothing that bad happened to the journalist but being in a foreign country doing something illegal can be very dangerous. They did not state the reason for him being in Sudan. However, there is a good chance that is to help put a stop to something. I believe this because there has been so much corruption in Sudan. This is very risky business. 



A scope in this would be national affects a country can have on another. There are different countries but we all live in the same world. Somehow in some way if something big is happening in a country, it will probably affect America. Especially because we are heavily involved due to peace treaties and and the UN etc. There have been a couple accounts of Americans being jailed for a while or even killed in foreign countries. There is one video of a terrorist group cutting off a person's, a journalist specifically, head. This connects to my book because of the journalists. Both stories have a journalist who took risks just to get news, maybe for the greater good. “He stood still, sweat down his neck and a gun in his face" (Daoud 65). This quote shows the danger of pushing the limits as a journalist in Sudan. This connection shows a big theme of risk and bravery. Without risky journalists like the one in my story, we would not get good facts on the world around us.

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Race against time to aid new Darfur refugees in Chad before rains begin | International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Race against time to aid new Darfur refugees in Chad before rains begin | International Rescue Committee (IRC) | The Translator | Scoop.it
IRC teams in Chad are trucking emergency water supplies into the country’s Tissi region to aid thousands of refugees who fled there in recent months to escape worsening violence in Darfur, Sudan.
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The site is a non profitable group that helps in aiding countries that need help. Sudan, Darfur specifically, has a very bad economy and are in bad condition due to the civil war. The International Rescue Group has noticed that and are trying to help. They have already sent supplies, trucks, and people to assist with food, living conditions, etc. 

This relates to my book very directly. The book talks about the civil war and specifically genocide. In a sense, the translator in the story represent the group I talked about before. He is just another human trying to help our world. At the same time getting info for good news. "Water was very scarce and we only had some bread left to eat, we had to make a move fast to survive" (Hari 102). This is an example of the condition people were and still are in Darfur. It is the international Rescue Group's job to help make those conditions better. Hopefully, with the news the Translator gives out, that will help with making things better as well. 

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The Translator: A Memoir: Daoud Hari: 9780812979176: Amazon.com: Books

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The translator takes place around the time of genocide in   Darfur. A man named Daoud, who is also the author, recalls his past in  Darfur during the time of the genocide. It is centralized around Daoud who was alive before the takeover of his country.  At one point, Darfur was a happy place where he played games, roamed about  the area freely, etc. He even was going to school where he learned to speak  some English. He has two parents who love him as well as siblings. One random day, a militia group comes in to take over. They were coming for  blood. Daoud's village was attacked. He lost everything from his home to his family. His country, along with Daoud, was broken.   


Two   scopes in this book are genocide and childhood life in Sudan. Obviously, Childhood is  different in Sudan compared to America. All boys  have responsibilities for their home as well as school. Their duties for   home are more labor filled and they  need to be done just so the family can  actually live. For example, Daoud  must fish and catch water for his family   to drink and eat. It is freer to  with no phones to stay in contact with    parents. Genocide is a huge part  of this book as well.  It is the   reason this book was made. It  changed his life and created a whole epidemic   in the country. It is a sad example of how power and war hungry people can affect the world in a negative way. “The sigh of many people suffering  pushed troubles through my head" (Hari 56). This is a simple example of  effects from genocide, which would be suffering. 

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