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Timely and controversial, A Bed for the Night reveals how humanitarian organizations are often betrayed and misused, and have increasingly lost sight of their purpose. Drawing on firsthand reporting from war zones around the world, David Rieff shows us what aid workers do in the field and the growing gap between their noble ambitions and their actual capabilities for alleviating suffering. He describes how many humanitarian organizations have moved from their founding principle of neutrality, which gave them access to victims, to encouraging the international community to take action to stop civil wars and ethnic cleansing. By calling for intervention, humanitarian organizations risk being seen as taking sides in a conflict and thus jeopardizing their access to victims. And by overreaching, the humanitarian movement has allowed itself to be hijacked by the major powers. Rieff concludes that if humanitarian organizations are to do what they do best — alleviate suffering — they must reclaim their independence.

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Drawing on first-hand experience of war zones around the world, the author explains the role of aid workers and discusses the shortcomings of humanitarian efforts.

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ISBN:
9780099597919
Author:
RIEFF, DAVID
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
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Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20021107
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
25 x 130 in.

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family

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"Synopsis" by , Drawing on first-hand experience of war zones around the world, the author explains the role of aid workers and discusses the shortcomings of humanitarian efforts.

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