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Darfur in 10 Minutes: An Overview of the Conflict in Sudan

Ivan GaytonIvan Gayton, eyewitness

This interesting video focuses on three major causes of the conflict: Ethnicity, oil, desertification. Opinions differ, but Gayton covers three of the major proposed causes.

Gayton explains that ethnically black farmers and ethnically Arab herders had co-existed relatively peacefully for thousands of years because a crude system of grazing rights had evolved. However, "whatever the reason may be, there is no longer enough for everyone."

Ivan Gayton was on the ground in Darfur for a number of years and explains his understanding of the causes of the conflict.

Common Reader Announced

Wine to Water Announced as AC's Next Common Reader

Author to visit Amarillo!

Doc Hendley will visit the AC Campus and give a lecture for the public on November 5.

AC Common Reader page.


Excerpt: "This year, AC students, faculty and staff will be challenged to consider how they might become 'ordinary heroes' in the lives of those affected by the global water crisis."

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Wine to Water Web site.

Mission: “Wine To Water is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to needy people around the world. Nearly one billion people in the world today lack access to adequate water and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. We are devoted to fighting this epidemic. Wine symbolizes fortune in our society. Our goal is to give the fortunate population an opportunity to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.”

AC Common Reader 2013-2014

Testimonials from the Wine to Water Web site

“Doc was not only charming and modest, he is one of the most inspiring speakers I have ever heard. He takes you on an emotional journey to communities whose living conditions are unimaginable to most of us, and his ability share his vision, his passion, his commitment and his excitement for his global mission has ignited a flame of passion in our membership as well. We have had the pleasure of Doc's company at all of our events since that one last winter, and we have united behind him and his efforts to make a difference in the world. We are better people as the result of knowing Doc... We think Doc is indeed a 'HERO'!” Carol Owen, VP, Leadership Development and President-elect, Site Southeast 

"Doc Hendley is the epitome of the individual who has made a difference. He never planned to do this but when he saw a need, he saw that he had a talent to actually direct efforts at improving that need. As a result literally tens of thousands of people around the world now have clean drinking water they did not have before Doc Hendley came along. I am honored quite frankly to have Doc Hendley graduate as a graduate of NC State.”  Dr. Jim Woodward, Chancellor, North Carolina State University

Doc on TedTalksx


Listen to Doc speak live on TedTalksx in Asheville. 

(14 min., 32 sec.)

Excerpt from TedTalks profile: " I wasn’t sure if a bartender could have any significant impact on such a huge crisis, but I was sure that I wasn’t going to sit back and do nothing when everything inside of me was screaming out “DO SOMETHING!”

What are TED Talks?

From site: "In short, TED Talks are relatively short videos (around 18 minutes) from some of the most engaging speakers around the world. Some famous TED speakers include Bono, J. J. Abrams, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, and Stephen Hawking. These videos cover an endless range of topics, initially about Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED), but now incorporating any number of subjects. Plus, they are free to distribute and share non-commercially under a Creative Commons license."

Doc on CNN

Watch CNN HCNN Hero Original Videoeroes Original Video about Doc. The CNN Heroes project
“shines a spotlight on everyday people who are changing the world.” Doc Hendley was a Top 10 finalist in 2009 out of around 9,000 nominations (CNN).

Former Bartender Turns Wine Into Water

March 21, 2013

Interview excerpts:

CNN: What should people know about the water crisis?

Doc Hendley: It takes many women and children four and five hours, every single day, just to get water. And then it's absolutely filthy, and it's making their children sick. Diarrhea kills more children under 5 than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. And 88% of (those) deaths are caused by poor sanitation, unsafe drinking water and poor hygiene.

CNN: Why did you get involved in the situation in Syria?

Hendley: Right now in Syria, every single day, thousands of people are fleeing their homes because of this fighting ... going to an unknown future, with no resources. In these (displacement) camps, a lot of the men have either been killed or they're all fighting, so it's mostly populated by children and women. The vast majority is children. And as you know, a lot of these kids' systems are very weak, and they're drinking filthy water. My first thought was, "Let's see if we can get some water filters into these camps."

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War Against Unclean Drinking Water

Excerpt: "Humanity is facing a war right now with an enemy that appears to be winning. Although this war is not fought with guns, more people die from this enemy than all the guns and all the other wars in the world combined. What's really sad is that many of the casualties of this war are children under the age of 5. Who is this enemy, and what is this war that claims the life of a child every 15 seconds? The enemy is unclean drinking water, and the war is the world's water crisis." CNN, November, 2010

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