Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Book Reading Event

Last week I attended a book reading in London and it was a book written by Halima Bashir and Damien Lewis titled Tears of the Desert. The organisers had claimed that it was one of the very rare memoirs of a woman born and raised in the conflict-torn area of Darfur in Sudan, so my curiosity was piqued. The reading was quite an eye-opener. Prior to this, I'm ashamed to say, I knew very little about the conflict in Darfur. I just read little bits of information in the newspaper and on the TV without really registering what's going on. The book goes into detail about this young woman's life, how she grew up in a small, peaceful and happy village until the conflict started and tore her community apart. After the reading there was an interview with the writers, and there were questions asked for her to explain things on a clearer level. There was also a discussion on how people in the West can help to alleviate the suffering of countless thousands of people, refugees in their own country. At the end of the event, I bought the book and I have just started reading it and it's so powerful, yet full of hope. I would urge anyone who cares about the state of the world we live in to buy the book and educate themselves. And safe to say that I prefer knowledge to ignorance of what's happening in Darfur.

Well I hope the good weather lasts, it makes such a difference. I have some fun plans for the weekend - a high school reunion and a friend's birthday party so I'm looking forward to them. In the meantime, hope you enjoy the rest of your week.


  1. Great to hear you're feeling optmistic and that your self confidence is soaring! God will be with you as you transition to this new phase (my guess: you'll love it!).

    I know nothing about the Darfur situation...I'll put that book on my (ever lengthening!) list of books to read.

  2. I am happy for your

    Would have love to be at that reading to hear from the horses mouth what it feels like to live mid the Darfur crisis.

  3. thankful for the sun..though sometimes it gets really hot..

    T'was fun hanging out...!

    Keep trusting in the one that holds your tomorrow.

  4. Good to hear the optimism in your will work out fine, just step on the water!

  5. Just keep trusting in God and all will be well.

  6. Babe, I'm happy 4 you oh. I'm almost done with my book. Now what??? Hmmmm

  7. Don't stop trusting in God,even when you feel like all hope is lost, never forget that He's just right there beside you. God sure has greater and better things lined up for you. It is indeed well! Have a great rest of the week lady!

  8. all will be well
    great success doesn't come without sacrifice

    i remember the first time i read a book on the conflict in Sierra Leone it blew mii away


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