Rye Barcott, a 2001 UNC grad who lives in Charlotte, has a book out today, "It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace." Before his senior year at Chapel Hill, Barcott, who studied Swahili in college and was an ROTC student, traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to research ethnic violence for his honors thesis. He lived in the Kibera slum, often described as the largest slum in Africa. There he met two people who became his colleagues and friends; the three of them started Carolina for Kibera, which, among other things, promotes youth leadership and ethnic and gender cooperation through sports.
Pam Kelley, a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer, recently wrote about Barcott's journey. As he launched the program in Kibera with his two Kenyan colleagues, he also began his five-year stint in the Marines, which including serving in Iraq, Bosnia and the Horn of Africa. Barcott writes about these two missions -- as warrior and peacemaker -- and how he was attracted to each.
Barcott is embarking on an international book tour that will take him from coast to coast in the United States and eventually to Africa. To see a trailer about the book, click here. Barcott, 32, will talk and sign books at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, on Wade Avenue, on Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. --John Drescher