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Author Maren, Michael.

Title The road to hell : the ravaging effects of foreign aid and international charity / Michael Maren
Published New York : Free Press, [1997]


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Description xiv, 302 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Introduction. Darkness and night -- 1. Land cruisers -- 2. Far from Somalia -- 3. Fixers -- 4. Potemkin villages -- 5. Death in Mogadishu -- 6. Crazy with food -- 7. Geneva -- 8. Selling the children -- 9. Creating despondency -- 10. Withdrawal symptoms -- 11. Pigs at a trough -- 12 Feeding the famine -- 13. . The Mogadishu line -- 14. The self-licking ice cream cone -- 15. Running towards Rwanda -- 16. Merchants of peace -- Somalia timeline -- Index
Summary 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
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Charities -- Corrupt practices -- Africa.
Economic assistance -- Africa.
Charities -- Africa -- Management.
Africa -- Economic conditions -- 1960-
LC no. 96041168
ISBN 0684828006