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Famine Crimes: Politics & the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0253211583 ISBN-10: 0253211581 Edition: 9.1.2009

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Product Details

  • Series: African Issues
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; 9.1.2009 edition (October 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253211581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253211583
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Famine Crimes is without question the most important intervention in the broad field of famine prevention since the publication of Amartya Sen's Poverty and Famine... - Michael Watts in DEVELOPMENT & CHANGE ...an important book by a writer whose accomplishments as a researcher, critic and activist on famine and on human rights in Africa are widely respected. It is also a book which is causing distress and anger in some humanitarian organizations. - John Harriss in INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS If Famine Crimes does not have all the answers, it nevertheless poses many key questions, and it does so by means of a readable, provocative and empirical analysis of crises with which the author has been passionately involved. It is a powerful critique of current practices that will be a milestone in the literature on aid and conflict. - David Keen in THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Famine is preventable. The persistence of famine reflects political failings by African governments, western donors and international relief agencies. Can Africa avoid famine? When freedom from famine is a basic right or a political imperative, famine is prevented. Case studies from Ethiopia to Botswana demonstrate African successes - but they are often not acknowledged or repeated. Who is responsible for the failures? African generals and politicians are the prime culprits for creating famines in Sudan, Somalia and Zaire, but western donors abet their authoritarianism, partly through imposing structural adjustment programmes. What is the role of International relief agencies? Despite prodigious expenditure and high public profile, relief agencies often do more harm than good. From Biafra to Rwanda, relief has helped to fuel war and undermine democratic accountability. As the influence and resources of UN agencies and NGOs have grown, the chances for effective local solutions have diminished. What is the way forward? Humanitarian intervention and other high-profile relief operations have failed. Progress lies in bringing the fight against famine into democratic politics, and calling to account those guilty of creating famine.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a managable text,even for the novice in African current afairs and is written by the co-director of the Africa Rights group,based in London. De Waal contends that the causes of famine are invariably political and avoidable.He is critical of the activities to date of many aid agencies and observes that they have in many cases paradoxically perpetuated the very crises they have been seeking to end. This work has raised many questions for me and is a starting point for further reading on the subject of how aid to developing countries can be best delivered.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David Roman Bermejo on April 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Grown-ups should know that journalists rarely get their stories right. This book, presented as a straightforward examination of the NGO's 'Aid-Game' and their complementary 'Aid-Circus', ends up being all the more poignant when it targets Western misconceptions and the Neo-colonialism that has installed itself in the Western media and elites under the catchphrase 'Humanitarian Intervention'. You don't have to believe me - just read this fantastic book, written by a former member of the NGO's international, and find out how and why famines really start and really end, as opposed as what you hear on newspapers and TV. If you wanna know why Black Hawk went down, this is the book to start. If you remember those Ethiopian children you thought you saved by buying tickets for charity concerts, maybe you wanna know the truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sal Buttafuoco on July 1, 2010
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More research needs to be done to explain why people are dying from starvation in a world full of wealth and food. Why hasn't Lord Rothschild or George Soros offered one crum of food to these betrayed people? Maybe the rich are predestined to flaunt their wealth in this life and to live eternally in damnation. If I had the capabilities, I couldn't live with it if I squandered it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alter mondialist on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is another account of the crime against a population that is happening every day at tax payers expenses. How many books will it take on the subject matter to have the public at wide take the matter up and put it on the G20 agenda where it rightly belongs. The reading of this sorry account enraged me. Please read this book and others such as 'U.N. a Cosa Nostra' or ' The road to hell:...'U.N. a Cosa Nostra: The workings of an organization 'helping' the poorest of the world (Volume 1)

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