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Emma's War: Love, Betrayal and Death in the Sudan [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Deborah Scroggins
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2. Februar 2004
Love, corruption, violence and the dangerous politics of aid in the Sudan, by an exciting new writer. Emma McCune's passion for Africa, her unstinting commitment to the children of the Sudan, and her striking glamour set her apart from other aid workers the moment she arrived in southern Sudan. But no one was prepared for her decision to marry a local warlord - a man who seemed to embody everything she was working against - and throw herself into his violent quest to take over southern Sudan's rebel movement. At once a disturbing love story and a penetrating examination of the Sudan, "Emma's War" charts the process by which Emma's romantic delusions led to her descent into the hell of Africa's longest running civil war.

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  • Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Collins Publishers; Auflage: New Ed (2. Februar 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0006551475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006551478
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 19,8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 73.479 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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'One of the best (books) I have ever read on the difficult relationship between the developed world and the Third World. An eye-opener. Scroggins is as brave as her subject...she has written a wonderful and challenging book.' William Shawcross, Sunday Times 'A wonderful book and a gripping history of the Sudan which doesn't shrink the complexities.' Observer 'Scroggins is to be congratulated for making the story of McCune's ill-fated foray into Africa such a good read.' Sunday Telegraph 'Deborah Scroggins' analysis provides sharp relevance. It is the story both of a woman and a strange and sorrowful world.' Sunday Independent 'Remarkable...it has the feel of an epic tale, taking in the tragedy of Sudan...Scroggins steers a tight path between writing this book as an account of her own fascination with Sudan and as the story of McCune's life.' New Statesman 'Her biography is a painstaking and loving portrait of this remarkable woman.' Evening Standard 'Deborah Scroggins has a sharp eye. "Emma's War" is about the politics of the belly, and what happens when the fat white paunch meets the swollen stomachs of the hungry in Africa. It is a sorry story, but Ms Scroggins tells it awfully well.' Economist 'Part history, part biography and part Scroggins' own memoir, "Emma's War" offers an enthralling, accessible account of Sudan's most recent history.' Sunday Business Post

Synopsis

This is the story of aid worker Emma McCune. Beautiful, compassionate, driven in her work, she was famous throughout eastern Africa and the aid community for going about her work in a mini-skirt. Initially a Princess Diana, she became a Lady Macbeth after marrying one of the local warlords, who was deeply enmeshed in both rebellion and murder. Her eventual death in a road accident commanded a full-page in the Independent, and the fascination of her story continues. It is a mixture of Romeo and Juliet and Heart of Darkness, with a large helping of Graham Greene; a story about love and lust and power and corruption and revolution.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A must-read for volunteers-to-be 1. Oktober 2005
Von Petra
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I read Emma's War only after I've been to Africa to volunteer, but I find it a perfect insight into the world of volunteering and international aid. At the same time, it's written in such a fascinating way that it's no problem to read until the very end. It seemed so realistic to me I felt like having met Emma myself :-) And I was intreagued along the way by the author's openess and blunt style of writing. Thanks for a breathtaking book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Erfolge und Schäden der Entwicklungshilfe 11. Januar 2005
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Dieses Buch möchte man nicht mehr aus den Händen geben, wenn man mal angefangen hat zu lesen. Es erzählt nicht nur die Geschichte der jungen abenteuerlichen Enländerin Emma Mc Cune, die als Entwicklungshelferin voller Ideale nach Sudan fährt, und sich dort in einen Guerrillaführer verliebt und diesen schließlich heiratet; es erzählt gleichzeitig die blutige Geschichte Sudans, Afrikas größtem Land, von der Spaltung zwischen Nord und Süd, zwischen Moslems und Christen, von gewissen Stämmen, wo bis heute noch die Kinder zu Sklaven reicher Familien werden. Auch wenn man vorher nicht so einen guten Einblick in die afrikanische Geschichte hat, vermittelt die Autorin mit klarer Sprache und bewundernswerter Einfachheit ein leicht verständliches Bild über dieses interessante LAnd. Dieses Buch erzählt also Emmas Geschichte, Sudans Geschichte, und dazwischen auch Deborah Scroggins Geschichte: ihre ersten Erfahrungen als Journalistin in Sudan, sie pricht von Hungerkatastrophen, von Kriegen und Konflikten, und sie beleuchtet interessante Aspekte der Entwicklungshilfe. Man meint naiverweise als Europäer oft, daß Entwicklungshilfe nur Gutes tut und armen Menschen hilft. Aber hier werden auch die Schäden angezeigt, die man als Entwicklungshelfer anrichten kann.
Also, ein Super-Buch für alle die sich für Afrika und die Problematik der Entwicklungshilfe interessieren.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Raw and Incredible Look at Sudan's Aid Community 21. Dezember 2004
Von B. Bauer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm an NGO worker in a post-conflict society, and was intrigued at reading this account of one woman's experience in the Sudanese aid community, and her subsequent marriage to a warlord. My fears of this being a book too bogged by history/biography were quickly tossed aside...Emma's War is so engaging because it is actually three stories in one: the story of an English woman who married a Sudanese rebel, the contentious history of southern Sudan, and a very delightful first-person narrative about the author herself and her experiences with the first two.

What I like so much about this book is that it never takes sides; Scroggins is somewhat sympathetic towards Emma, but never apologetic over her (sometimes) inhumane actions. This book also really illuminates the situation in Darfur now, and how the conflict of the last 20 years has fueled the current crisis there. I'd call it a must-read for anyone interested in the region, and anyone struggling to understand the conflicts of interest between humanitarian aid and armed conflict.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful story of war, aid, aid workers and the politics of the Sudan 27. August 2005
Von A. Woodley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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With yet another crisis in the Sudan (did it ever go away?) this book is a powerful source of information on the machievelian politics of the region, but also of the Aid, the aid workers and one in particular, Emma McCune.

In the early 1990's Emma was an aid worker and idealist, working in the Sudan on programmes to provide young people with education (and assisting them in avoiding being drafted into the armies of the fighting factions of the region. Deborah Scroggins who met her once, unravels her life, and ties it in with the actions of the those around her - the warlords, the aid organisations, and the man she married, Northern Nile Warlord Riek.

This is a fascinating and well written book, almost Shakesperian in its tragedy. From tragic childhood to idealist aid worker to blindly in love, to prime manipulator and finally tragic heroine - It seemed her life and made a complete circle.

Scroggins clearly knows the area, its politics and history and is able to draw in immense amounts of background to situations which might otherwise be inexplicable - but she is an easy writer to read, it is eloquently put. I found myself unable to put this down until I was finished, and is easily one of the best reads of the year for me.

I found myself by turns exasperated and annoyed with Emma - she seemed frivolous with everyone but herself and yet, she obviously achieved such a lot before she became enamoured with Reik. Even perhaps afterwards.

I think reading this book will do more than explain the life of one woman, it will provide a background to one of those little understood regions - we are expected to give aid to the suffering masses without understanding why - and whether you actually give aid after you read this book will be interesting!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Emma's War 9. Februar 2006
Von V. M. Sheffield - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Emma's War is the result of a tremendous effort of research into the history of Sudan and an "on the ground" experience of Sudan today. Having spent five years on and off in Sudan in the late 1980s, I was able to relate to much that was written, but also learned a great deal. Especially the way the author brought the history of tribal relationships, the long conflicts between North and South, Muslims vs Christians and Animists, the economy of oil, the state of women in Sudan, and the role of Sudan in Africa as well as the Middle East. Sudan has wonderful people and a large heart, it leaves a large mark on one's soul. All of this is more the better read because it is integrated into a violent, reckless, true story of a young woman seeking adventure and to save the world who fell in love with a rebel, crossing the line and leading herself and everyone around her into extremely difficult circumstances. If you know Africa and especially Sudan, get the book, it's worth the read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not a love story. 17. November 2004
Von R. Rogers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Scroggins' account of the Sudanese war is not for pleasure reading. Scroggins presents the horrors of the Sudanese civil war in their naked and atrocious form, without the embellishment or emotional pandering some writers may use. The author is incredibly insightful and offers a unique perspective on humanitarian aid efforts arround the world. She attempts to move humanitarians outside their comfort zones and uncovers the true effects of their help. Incredibly cynical but worth the read for anyone who looks for the causes behind the atrocities in Sudan.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Glamour comes to wartime Sudan 17. Dezember 2004
Von Smallchief - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If a proposed movie of "Emma's War" starring Nicole Kidman is made, Emma McCune may well become the most famous aid worker of all time. That's a shame because, as this book makes clear, her accomplishments were modest. Emma had a flair for drama and publicity and a pair of long legs instead of a brain. One suspects that she would have tired of the hardships of life in the Sudanese bush and gone back to England to become a fashion designer or some such thing.

The humanitarian aid workers are the modern day missionaries of Western civilization. All in all, they do more good than harm, although Emma may be the exception. Deborah Scroggins has written an excellent book about the brutal two decade long civil war in Sudan and the foreign aid workers who keep the innocent victims of the war alive. The politics are here in easily digestible chunks and so is a mini-history of Sudan since the time of the Victorian hero "Chinese" Gordon. The author includes some of her own experiences of witnessing starvation in Sudan.

One insight of this book is that Western governments want not so much to do anything about African catastrophes as to be seen to do something. Their indifference to African suffering is more than matched by African leaders. Two million people are estimated to have died in the civil wars in Sudan during the last 20 years, the vast majority of them noncombatants. A soldier with a rifle seems the least likely person to die in African conflicts.

Smallchief
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