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‘Unlikely Brothers’ talks about the importance of citizen action and shows why and how we can make a difference.

John Prendergast

Africa is going through its own historical process of state formation just as Europe and America did. It is just happening much later than other continents because of the interruption of Africa’s own historical development by the colonization of Africa by Europe.

John Prendergast

Africans are on the front lines of humanitarian efforts, distributing life-saving aid in dangerous environments. Africans comprise the vast majority of peacekeepers in civil conflict on that continent. Africans for the most part lead peace negotiations for the wars being fought in Africa.

John Prendergast

All South Sudanese deserve consistent and unimpeded humanitarian assistance, regardless of if they live in areas held by rebel or government forces.

John Prendergast

Americans’ perceptions of Africa remain rooted in troubling stereotypes of helplessness and perpetual crisis.

John Prendergast

I see courage everywhere I go in Africa.

John Prendergast

I see courage everywhere I go in Africa. Fearless human rights activists in Darfur. Women peace advocates in eastern Congo. Former child soldiers in Northern Uganda who now are helping other former child soldiers return to civilian life.

John Prendergast

I spent a lot of time with President Mandela supporting his efforts in the peace process in Burundi. The thing that impressed me the most was his humility.

John Prendergast

I’m probably a little too impatient with ensuring that the networks and organizations I’m part of are doing the right thing, and pushing the right thing the right way.

John Prendergast

I’ve had a number of near misses during my travels that in retrospect seem of greater concern than they did at the time. I guess that is what happens with age.

John Prendergast

If you repress rather than unlock the potential of large groups of Americans, what’s that going to do to our economy? It’s going to contract, not expand.

John Prendergast

In human rights and peacemaking, it’s really about having a solid concrete goal – the reduction of human suffering somewhere in the world – and then doing what is required to get that goal achieved.

John Prendergast

It turns out, all the studies show you invest a little time in another person’s life, often a younger person, and all of us have that capacity to do it, just an hour a week, an hour every couple of weeks, and you can make a tremendous difference in a kid’s life over their lifetime.

John Prendergast

Most Americans may not realize that the news they consume is driven in part by the media mantra, ‘if it bleeds, it leads.’

John Prendergast

Slavery, racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry, subordination, and human rights abuse transform and adapt with the times.

John Prendergast

The biggest road block to action on genocide and other human rights crimes is ignorance. Most people just don’t know that such things are happening, and often, if they have a vague idea they are happening, there is a feeling that there is nothing that can be done to stop these crimes.

John Prendergast

There is a long and successful tradition of popular movements in the U.S. and elsewhere having an impact on crises in forgotten places.

John Prendergast

There isn’t one celebrity I’ve worked with who doesn’t have major doubts about what impact they are having. I am glad when they question the impact, because it shows they are based firmly in the reality that peacemaking isn’t the same as changing a streetlight or distributing mosquito nets.

John Prendergast

Through my years of working on war and peace in Africa, I have learned that there are solutions to some of the greatest human rights challenges, and we all can be a part of those solutions.

John Prendergast

Wars can be resolved. Human rights atrocities can be stopped. We just have to apply the right policies.

John Prendergast

When I was 19 years old, I hitchhiked across the country to San Francisco.

John Prendergast

When there are no gas chambers, no barbed wire, and no concentration camps, many don’t recognize the perpetration of new genocides and other targeted mass atrocity crimes because they may not look the same.

John Prendergast

Islom Karimov
Tench Coxe
Harry Crosby
Tracy Spiridakos