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Darfuri tribesman to talk about genocide in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The author of “The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur” will visit Edwards in Colorado’s Vail Valley to talk about his book and sign copies on Friday, courtesy of Colorado Mountain College.

“The Translator” is this year’s Common Reader book across the college district. About 2,000 copies of the book were given to Colorado Mountain College students, faculty, staff and community members.

Daoud Hari, a Zaghawa tribesman who grew up in a village in the Darfur region of Sudan, wrote “The Translator,” which the Washington Post Book World says “may be the biggest small book of this year, or any year.”

In 2003, Hari’s traditional life was shattered when helicopter gunships appeared over his village, followed by brutal militia attacks. The attacks destroyed the village, but he escaped and led survivors to safety. When international aid groups and reporters arrived, Hari risked his life by offering his services as a translator and guide to The New York Times, NBC and the BBC, as well as the United Nations and other aid groups.

The Sudanese government outlawed journalists in the region, and aiding the “foreign spies” was punishable by death. Hari was captured and held for a time.

Hari will speak at 7 p.m. in the Battle Mountain High School cafeteria, 151 Miller Ranch Rd. in Edwards.

While the talk is free, $5 donations are encouraged, with half of the proceeds going to Reporters Without Borders, an organization that fights for press freedom and human rights all over the world. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.

For more information, call 970-569-2900 or 1-800-621-8559.

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