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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,550 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daoud Hari Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I am the translator who has taken journalists into dangerous Darfur. It is my intention now to take you there in this book, if you have the courage to come with me.

The young life of Daoud Hari—his friends call him David—has been one of bravery and mesmerizing adventure. He is a living witness to the brutal genocide in Darfur.

The Translator is a suspenseful, harrowing, and deeply moving memoir of how one person has made a difference in the world—an on-the-ground account of one of the biggest stories of our time. Using his high school knowledge of languages as his weapon—while others around him were taking up arms—Daoud Hari has helped inform the world about Darfur.

Hari, a Zaghawa tribesman, grew up in a village in the Darfur region of Sudan. As a child he saw colorful weddings, raced his camels across the desert, and played games in the moonlight after his work was done. In 2003, this traditional life was shattered when helicopter gunships appeared over Darfur’s villages, followed by Sudanese-government-backed militia groups attacking on horseback, raping and murdering citizens and burning villages. Ancient hatreds and greed for natural resources had collided, and the conflagration spread.

Though Hari’s village was attacked and destroyed, his family decimated and dispersed, he himself escaped. Roaming the battlefield deserts on camels, he and a group of his friends helped survivors find food, water, and the way to safety. When international aid groups and reporters arrived, Hari offered his services as a translator and guide. In doing so, he risked his life again and again, for the government of Sudan had outlawed journalists in the region, and death was the punishment for those who aided the “foreign spies.” And then, inevitably, his luck ran out and he was captured…

The Translator tells the remarkable story of a man who came face-to-face with genocide—time and again risking his own life to fight injustice and save his people.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bapu | 2/12/2014

    " A quick run through miseries of Darfur... touching and troubling.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bethany | 2/8/2014

    " This book is a poignant recollection of the horrors that have occurred - and are still happening - in Darfur, Sudan. Hari's writing style is honest, capturing the occasional moments of light even with all of the darkness. I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in social justice or in African history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ninasafiri | 2/7/2014

    " Wow, within seconds you are bedazzled in this book, written about the translator. I am a volunteer at Amnesty International and remember him very well and now reading this total story gave me goosebumps all over. An intriguing, sad, inspiring & encouraging story about a man who had nothing left, giving his life to get journalist here and there in a war zone. Well-written, unimaginable story & hopefully an eye-opener for many people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Celina | 2/3/2014

    " I loved that the author's voice is so clearly his own. I've not read much about Darfur, so this was an eye opening, heartbreaking insight into what's going on. And yet it is hopeful because the author remained grounded in his mission, and remained optimistic about the future. "

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