The New York Review of Books: Genocide in Slow Motion

Sulla New York Review of Books, la recensione di due libri dedicati al Darfur e alla morte che trionfa sotto i nostri occhi. Soprattutto, l’autore dell’articolo, Nicholas D. Kristof, ci ricorda che non abbiamo scuse, non potremo dire “non sapevamo”.
Insomma, stiamo ripetendo l’atteggiamento che le nostre società democratiche hanno avuto di fronte a tutti i massacri/genocidi del XX secolo: armeni, ebrei, zingari, Ruanda, Bosnia, Cambogia…


Midha Ali

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Ecco un passaggio dell’articolo di Kristof:
In my years as a journalist, I thought I had seen a full kaleidoscope of horrors, from babies dying of malaria to Chinese troops shooting students to Indonesian mobs beheading people. But nothing prepared me for Darfur, where systematic murder, rape, and mutilation are taking place on a vast scale, based simply on the tribe of the victim. What I saw reminded me why people say that genocide is the worst evil of which human beings are capable.

I due libri di cui ci parla sono:
Darfur: A Short History of a Long War
by Julie Flint and Alex de Waal
London: Zed Books, 176 pp., £12.00 (to be published in the US in March)
Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide
by Gérard Prunier
Cornell University Press, 212 pp., $24.00

Fra le note dell’articolo, il rimando a un blog di una donna che svolge attività umanitaria in Sudan: Sleepless in Sudan. Uncensored, direct from a dazed & confused aid worker in Darfur, Sudan

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