A stunning personal narrative of best intentions gone awry, Michael Maren, at one time an aid worker and journalist in Somalia, writes of the failure of international charities, such as CARE and Save the Children, who he claims does anything but. Maren also attacks the United Nation's "humanitarian" missions are controlled by agribusinesses and infighting bureaucrats.
|Product dimensions:||6.45(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.08(d)|
Table of Contents
|On the Spelling of Somali Words||xiii|
|Introduction: Darkness and Light||1|
|2.||Far from Somalia||25|
|5.||Death in Mogadishu||79|
|6.||Crazy with Food||92|
|8.||Selling the Children||136|
|11.||Pigs at a Trough||189|
|12.||Feeding the Famine||203|
|13.||The Mogadishu Line||216|
|14.||The Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone||239|
|15.||Running Toward Rwanda||257|
|16.||Merchants of Peace||270|
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Road to Hell : The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This book will change the way you see the world. By looking at aid and charity through the lens of self interest and asking the question 'who really benefits?' Mr. Maren turns around all our assumptions about the charitible urge. In this book, charities are a business looking out for their own interests first. Therefore they cooperate with ruthless dictators and the very people who are causing misery in the first place. I spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer and could never quite put my finger on what was wrong with the entire aid system. This book articulates it all beautifully. Unlike other books on the subject it well written and even gripping at points. If I have one criticism of the book it is that Mr. Maren sometimes goes too far in his condemnation of all aid groups. I'm not sure if he really believes this or if he's trying to be provocative. At any rate, he has certainly succeeded at being provocative. I recommend this to anyone who has ever donated to a charity or who seeks to understand a little more about how the world works.