I have been re-reading my books. It isn't as though Chapters is full of books on life in the Darfur region of Sudan. Most people around there are trying not to be dead, and don't have a lot of time or resources for the writer's life.
But there are one or two. And when I read them, I wish they were as popular as the Twilight Series, or Harry Potter.
It is something to have such a first hand account of reality for regular people living peaceful lives rich in family and tradition; only to have government backed militia come in raping, pillaging, and murdering. And something even greater to have authors such as Daoud Hari and Halima Bashir who stare death in the face (once again) and speak out about all that is and has happened in their homeland.
It certainly increases my sense of responsibility.
We are unfortunately of the resource greedy nations who fuel and ignite these types of wars. It's really not some war way over there when you think about it this way.
Meanwhile, I am poking away at my Etsy Shop. Not having been awarded "Most Likely To Whiz Through Anything She Puts Her Hand To" at high school graduation, or at the University grad that I'm still a few courses away from..... I tend to be a bit of a challenged learner. "She works at her own pace"; so to speak.
But work; she does.
So, if you're looking to curl up through these winter days with a good book in hand, here are some suggestions:
"God Grew Tired of us"
"What is the What"
"Tears of the Desert"
And there are others. But they are on my bedroom shelf, and there is a wee soul sleeping on my bed at the moment who shant be disturbed, so those will have to wait.
And by the time you're done all your reading assignments, perhaps we can meet up at the Etsy shop: joycebaglady4darfur.