Enough To Go Around -- Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Darfur
New Book by Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Examines the Human Toll of Disaster and Conflict in South Asia and Africa
New York, NY—Finding hope in the face of international crisis isn’t easy to do, but award-winning photojournalist Chip Duncan does just that in an uplifting new account of humanitarian efforts in the world’s most challenging and deadly trouble spots. Enough to Go Around -- Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Darfur (ISBN 978-1-59079-198-1; $34.95 US), published by SelectBooks, Inc., is the new book by this famed documentary filmmaker and writer. In this exquisitely photographed and movingly written work, Duncan chronicles his travels in some of the most heartbreaking and desperate crises on the planet. He introduces us to the displaced inhabitants of refugee camps in Darfur, the homeless children and widowers following a devastating earthquake in Pakistan, and the strong survivors of a generation of warfare in Afghanistan. What he finds are compelling and hopeful stories of people who defy the word victim while embracing the future.
Enough to Go Around relates Duncan’s experiences in drought ravaged southern Ethiopia, war-torn Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan devastated by an earthquake in 2005, and the North Darfur region of Sudan, where an ongoing conflict has been described as a genocide. Duncan combines descriptive storytelling with compelling images to break down stereotypes. His stories and personal insights help to humanize the characters he meets along the way. From an Ethiopian aid worker’s simple act of sharing to an Afghan cab driver’s new found freedom to listen to cassette tapes he’d been forced to hide while living under the rule of the Taliban, Duncan puts forth a powerful argument in favor not of our differences, but of our similarities.
Attempting to rise above the often-irrational fear that arose as a result of the so-called "War on Terror", Enough to Go Around shows the pitfalls of ignoring history and dehumanizing entire populations. The end result is not only a moving portrait of displaced people and humanitarian aid workers, it’s an examination of how many in the West fail to see the hope and beauty of the developing world. With respect to two decades of experience in the developing world, Duncan says, "While we have much to share and teach, we also need to listen and learn. Empowerment is a two-way street, and enlightenment can be found anywhere."
As much art as it is an impassioned plea, Enough to Go Around challenges readers to live up to the responsibility that accompanies privilege by reaching out in a spirit of compassion and collaboration. Its compelling narrative, lush photography, and foreword by philanthropist Jennifer Buffett offer engaging and enlightening reading for all ages.
Enough to Go Around will be available in bookstores in October 2009.