Former BBC journalist and human rights activist Rebecca Tinsley—a member of the Advisory Council for Bennington's Center for the Advancement of Public Action—has penned a new novel based on the stories of genocide survivors she met while doing humanitarian work in Darfur.
The novel, When the Stars Fall to Earth
, follows five young Darfuri refugees as they run from their villages to escape certain death from the Sudanese militia.
"When I interviewed survivors in the Darfur refugee camps in 2004 they asked me to tell the world their story," Tinsley says. "Since then I have written articles and given speeches, but I knew I needed to reach a wider audience on a more human level. I needed to bridge the gap between our Western experiences and theirs, and that is best done creating a novel about very ordinary but brave people who keep going despite enormous challenges."
Tinsley will read from her novel and talk more generally about Sudan on Tuesday, June 21, at 1:15 pm, at the UN Office of Baha'i International Community in New York (view details
), and later in the evening, at 7:00 pm, at the Loft of Thomas Rochan (view details
Tinsley, who has documented the vast human rights violations that have plagued Africa for decades, is the founder of Network4Africa
and Waging Peace
, non-governmental organizations that address genocide and provide assistance to survivors. Proceeds from the novel will directly support their work.
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