Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of What Is the What by Dave Eggers. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 26, 2009 — Dr. James Maskalyk went to contested border town in Sudan with Doctors Without Borders. He treated patients and fended off a measles epidemic with limited resources. His six-month stint affected him more than he expected.
Oct 23, 2008 — Tears of the Desert is the first memoir written by a woman caught in the war in Darfur. The author, Halima Bashir, was born into the Zaghawa tribe in the Sudanese desert. She went on to become her village's first formal doctor. But that did not protect her from violence in Darfur.
Apr 8, 2008 — Sudan's government rarely allows journalists into the Darfur region to cover the brutal conflict, so many try to access Darfur from neighboring Chad. To do so, they use interpreters or fixers — one of whom has written a book about providing the service for Western reporters.
May 1, 2007 — Actor Don Cheadle, who starred in a movie about the Rwanda genocide of 1994, is urging citizens to speak out to help end suffering in Darfur. He is the co-author of a book that maintains that people can influence their governments to act.
Nov 1, 2006 — The story of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the tens of thousands of children refugees from the Sudanese civil war, is the basis for Dave Eggers' new novel, What Is the What. Eggers and Deng talk about their collaboration and the traumas the "Lost Boys" endured.
Nov 4, 2005 — Tim Carney, the last American ambassador to Sudan before the United States downgraded relations in 1997, wants to promote a broader view of the country through a new collection of photographs. NPR foreign correspondent Michele Kelemen reviews Carney's book, Sudan: The Land and the People.
Jun 18, 2005 — Author Philip Caputo's latest novel, 'Acts of Faith', depicts the effects of the Sudanese civil war on relief workers and missionaries. He notes that sometimes characters with altruistic intentions end up causing great harm.
Jun 13, 2005 — Three of the "lost boys of Sudan" write about their harrowing experiences fleeing Sudan for a new life in the United States in They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky.
May 19, 2005 — Journalist and novelist Philip Caputo's new novel, Acts of Faith, is set in Sudan during that country's civil war. It depicts the consequences — intended and otherwise — the conflict has on aid workers and missionaries involved in relief work.