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Every Man in this Village is a Liar: Everyman in this village is a liar

This guide is for VCE English students studying this text. It provides access to good background information on the Middle East, Islam and terrorism.

Every Man in this village is a Liar - Megan Stack

Every man 

A shattering account of war and disillusionment from a young woman reporter on the front lines of the war on terror.

A few weeks after the planes crashed into the World Trade Centre r on 9/11, journalist Megan K. Stack, a twenty-five-year-old national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, was thrust into Afghanistan and Pakistan, dodging gunmen and prodding warlords for information. From there, she travelled to war-ravaged Iraq and Lebanon and other countries scarred by violence, including Israel, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, witnessing the changes that swept the Muslim world and labouring to tell its stories.

Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is Megan K. Stack’s riveting account of what she saw in the combat zones and beyond. She relates her initial wild excitement and her slow disillusionment as the cost of violence outweighs the elusive promise of freedom and democracy. She reports from under bombardment in Lebanon; records the raw pain of suicide bombings in Israel and Iraq; and, one by one, marks the deaths and disappearances of those she interviews.

Beautiful, savage, and unsettling, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is a memoir about the wars of the twenty-first century that readers will long remember.


Encountering Conflict


In March 2011, civil war broke out in Syria. One quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over one million have been injured. An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes. They have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, Europe or internally within Syria. This displacement has posed great challenges for Syria and affected countries.

Syrian refugees - Good article from the Forced Migration Review.

United Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Check out this website for an overview of the crisis, figures, maps and reports.

Syrian Refugees  - A snapshot of the crisis

World Vision - How the war is affecting children

Mercy Corps - Quick facts about the Syrian crisis

Useful Weblinks


Encountering Conflict - Analysis

Encountering Conflict - Quotes and prompts