Tall, striking, and adventurous to a fault, young British relief worker Emma McCune came to Sudan determined to make a difference in a country decimated by the longest-running civil war in Africa. She became a near legend in the bullet-scarred, famine-ridden country, but her eventual marriage to a rebel warlord made international headlinesand spelled disastrous consequences for her ideals.
Enriched by Deborah Scrogginss firsthand experience as an award-winning journalist in Sudan, this unforgettable account of Emma McCunes tragically short life also provides an up-close look at the volatile politics in the region. Its a world where international aid fuels armies as well as the starving population, and where the northern-based Islamic governmentwith ties to Osama bin Ladenis locked in a war with the Christian and pagan south over religion, oil and slaves. Tying together these vastly disparate forces as well as Emmas own role in the problems of the region, Emmas War is at once a disturbing love story and a fascinating exploration of the moral quandaries behind humanitarian aid.