Dispatches from the Global Village

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Derek Evans

192 PP | 6" x 9"
ISBN: 978-1-55145-553-2

Dispatches from the Global Village is a collection of 30 columns by Derek Evans, former Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International. While the entry point for these columns (first published by the Naramata and Penticton, B.C., newspapers) is often something seemingly innocuous, perhaps even mundane - like a cup of tea, a croissant, a picture on a wall - the essays themselves are not for the faint of heart.

As the leader of more than 60 Amnesty International delegations, and more recently as a consultant to the United Nations and other international organizations, Evans has travelled the globe to meet with African warlords and the Dalai Lama, heads of state and the leaders of rebel armies, victims of torture and peasant farmers; his single-minded objective, to challenge the forces of injustice, violence, and all things that separate people and nations from each other.

Yet, what shines through in each story - whether he's negotiating with rebel factions in the Sudan; or meeting, under threat of death and in the dead of night, with the families of "disappeared" children in Sri Lanka - is Evans' unfaltering hope that people can find within themselves the wisdom to choose a different path, that somehow we can learn to live in peace despite our differences.

Informing, challenging, and inspiring, the stories, images, and hope contained in Dispatches from the Global Village will stay with the reader long after the book is set down.

Derek Evans, Author

Derek Evans is a writer, teacher, scholar, and activist. His work in peace and human rights spans three decades and five continents. Evans has served two terms as Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International, and has led more than seventy international delegations conducting human rights investigations or peace negotiations. He was awarded the McGeachy Senior Scholarship for 2005-2006 in recognition of his inter-disciplinary work in the field of reconciliation in post-conflict situations. He teaches at Simon Fraser University and is a core faculty member in the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue's diploma program. In May 2010, Derek recieved an honorary Doctorate from the Vancouver School of Theology, which is connected to the University of British Columbia. The citation recognizes his work in human rights and inter-faith dialogue.

Previous titles published by Wood Lake Publishing include The Light and the Burning (1982), Before the War (2004) and Dispatches from the Global Village (2008).

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Media Reviews

author of After the Beginning and Seasons of Peace

Carolyn Pogue

An invitation to sit for a while with stories from a great peacemaker. If you accept this invitation, prepare to be informed, shocked, and inspired. This powerful book will change how you image the world is, and how the world can be.

former Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada

Roger Clark

There are few people able to match Derek's knowledge of the world.

Department of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Professor Amir Hussain

In his human rights work, Derek has seen real suffering. For Derek, a bad day is when prisoners of conscience are executed, or people are tortured. Yet he is able to remain hopeful, and help us all work towards reconciliation and justice. He reminds us of the power that each of us have to make a difference with our lives. Derek Evans is an "ambassador of hope and commitment," who illuminates the connections that bind us all together as people.

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