n Conflict Trends - The Enough Moment : Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes, John Prendergast with Don Cheadle : book review

Volume 2011, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


This is the second book in which John Prendergast has collaborated with Don Cheadle. The first book, , was published in 2007 and was a bestseller. Prendergast is the primary author of eight other books, mostly dealing with conflict and post-conflict situations on the African continent. These books have included information on Sudan, Eritrea and Tigray, Somalia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Prendergast, a human rights advocate, and Cheadle, an Oscar-nominated actor, pair up in this book to have a dialogue about how ordinary people can do extraordinary things to combat genocide, mass rape as a weapon of war, and child-soldier conscription in Africa. The authors talk about what it means to have an 'Enough Moment', which they describe as when the "perfect storm is gathering for real action in response to some of the worst atrocities in world history" (page 4). The authors give examples of the work of people they refer to as Upstanders - those citizens who choose to do something about a problem - as opposed to Bystanders, who may bemoan an issue but choose not to get involved. The book is rich with real stories of people who have worked at all levels to make changes in these three catastrophes (genocide, rape and child soldiers) of our time.

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