“Among humankind today we have the haves, the have-nots and even those in between. In our own country, even if we have limited means, we can gorge ourselves to the point of being uncomfortably full, and too often, that is exactly what we do. It would not change our eating habits perhaps, but we need to be aware of the fact that hunger affects up to one billion people on earth at any one time.” – Excerpt

About the book

The Face of Hunger: Reflections on a Famine Ethiopia is a firsthand account of the author’s missionary experience in the war-torn nation of Ethiopia. Between 1983 up to 1985, the country also suffered a national crisis of famine that left thousands dead. The author, a physician serving in the US Public Health Service, first knew about the famine through the fund raising presentation by World Vision shown on TV. It took quiet sometime before Dr. Conner finally decided to contact his church and decide that he will take his family on a mission trip to Africa.

Dr. Byron Conner’s book both serves as a missionary’s personal diary and as a documentary material featuring one of the most tragic human crisis these past few decades. The Face of Hunger is not only about poverty and deprivation. It also about one man’s struggle to overcome political biases, conviction, and personal struggle. It is a must-read for everyone who cares about the humanity and the continuing fight to build a dignified future for all peoples from around the world.

Publication background

The Face of Hunger: Reflections on a Famine in Ethiopia is a book published in October of 2018. Since its publication, Byron Conner’s book have been featured in various national and international books fairs such as the New York Rights Fair in 2018, the Miami Book Fair International last 2018, and the recently concluded 2019 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held last April at the University of Southern California.

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