Road to Hell / Edition 1

Road to Hell / Edition 1

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by Michael Maren
     
 

ISBN-10: 0743227867

ISBN-13: 2900743227864

Pub. Date: 07/01/2002

Publisher: Free Press

Michael Maren has spent much of the last twenty years in Africa, first as an aid worker, later as a journalist. He witnessed at close range a harrowing series of wars, famines, and natural disasters. In The Road to Hell he tells how CARE unwittingly assisted a Somali dictator in building a political and economic powerbase. How the UN, Save the Children, and many other…  See more details below

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Michael Maren has spent much of the last twenty years in Africa, first as an aid worker, later as a journalist. He witnessed at close range a harrowing series of wars, famines, and natural disasters. In The Road to Hell he tells how CARE unwittingly assisted a Somali dictator in building a political and economic powerbase. How the UN, Save the Children, and many other nongovernmental organizations provided raw materials for ethnic factions who subsequently threatened genocidal massacres in Rwanda and Burundi. He brings firsthand reports of African farmers, Western aid workers, and corrupt politicians from many countries, joined together in a vicious circle of self-interest. Above all, he heralds an important truth: humanitarian intervention and foreign aid activity is necessarily political. It gets hijacked by powerful charities and agricultural interests. It is cynically manipulated by local strongmen to control rebellious populations. And it is the last refuge of Western colonialism. We all want to end the suffering. But our desire to alleviate suffering often stands in the way of the truth. If you think your charitable giving is making the Third World a better place, think again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900743227864
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Author's Notexi
On the Spelling of Somali Wordsxiii
Introduction: Darkness and Light1
1.Land Cruisers13
2.Far from Somalia25
3.Fixers42
4.Potemkin Villages58
5.Death in Mogadishu79
6.Crazy with Food92
7.Geneva116
8.Selling the Children136
9.Creating Dependency162
10.Withdrawal Symptoms178
11.Pigs at a Trough189
12.Feeding the Famine203
13.The Mogadishu Line216
14.The Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone239
15.Running Toward Rwanda257
16.Merchants of Peace270
Somalia Timeline281
Index289

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Road to Hell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are very few books that can claim to fundamentally change the way you see the world. This is one of them. It brutally exposes the hypocrisy, corruption and inefficiency that will destroy forever the reader's attitude about foreign aid and overseas charitable work. A reader who wants to retain his belief in the myth that foreign aid actually benefits the poor and the starving of the third world should NOT read this book. It will shatter your illusions forever. After reading about how aid to third world countries ends up perpetuating the very conditions it is supposed to eradicate, how it enriches the corrupt elites of those countries and helps them consolidate their often violently dictatorial rule, and how a surprisingly large proportion of it ends up in the pockets of those actually running the charities, it becomes clear that foreign aid and charity may be part of the problem instead of the solution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will definitely challenge the way most of us view international aid organizations and domestic charities. Maren gives a thorough and straightforward history of international aid efforts and their true impact in the world. While much of the book is deservedly scathing of some organizations, Michael Maren handles the issue of charitable giving in a balanced and objective way. After reading The Road to Hell, it's impossible to view international aid in the same way. And that's a good thing. Americans, as a whole, could stand to leave their comfort zones (which include ignorance of international issues). I read this book, for the first time, almost a decade ago and since then I've encouraged countless others to read it as well. I highly recommend The Road to Hell for anyone who gives, of their time or money, to any charitable organizations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago