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"A gripping recollection of the quake's ruin, chaos, and despair, and the story of remarkable persistence, hope, and love in the aftermath. Once you've seen Haiti through Paul Farmer's eyes, you'll never see Haitians, or any of the world's poorest people, quite the same way again."
"Profoundly moving....An urgent dispatch from the front by one of our finest warriors for social justice. With eloquence and wisdom, Paul Farmer shows how we cannot fully comprehend one of the great natural disasters of history without understanding the man-made suffering that Americans and others have inflicted on Haiti.""Madison Capital Times," July 14, 2011
"Through the sharing of his experiences and the essays of fellow relief workers and survivors, the book serves as both a first draft of history and a call to action for rebuilding a country devastated by natural and unnatural disasters... Farmer deftly tells the story of his multiple roles -e
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A must read for anybody either interested and travelling to Haiti or wanting to understand modern international Aid.
Farmer speaks authoritatively from a variety of perspective - as head of a successful NGO, as the Deputy to Bill Clinton in the UN's Office of the Special Envoy to Haiti, as a expert in public health and epidemiology. The book sheds light on many of the decisions and actions that were taken in the hours and days after the earthquake, and the ongoing struggle to respond to what Farmer call an "acute upon chronic crisis" in helping Haiti move from rescue and recover to "building back better." For those of us who love Haiti and its people, this is a "must read" book, for it chronicles with great detail the ways in which the Haitian government, the U.S. government, the international community and NGO's interact with each other. The author has strong opinions about how things should work going forward, so the book is both descriptive and prescriptive. One would expect nothing less from a physician than for him to sign his name to a prescription pad to help alleviate Haiti's suffering.
Like the history of Haiti itself, this memoir is a mixture of despair and hope. I recommend it highly for anyone who wants a glimpses behind the curtain of what is happening (and not yet happening) in re-building Haiti.
This new Farmer book should be read in tandem with Tim Schwartz, Travesty in Haiti. In his book you get more insight into the powerful impediments to development that have been built over time in the Haitian cultural fabic and in the peprvasive self-interest of donor agencies both governmental and in charitable NGOs.
The problem is that a wholistic approach on a 20-30 year time frame is needed. The starts and stops of foreig aid programs, the lack of coherence among donor programs, and the constant debilitation of government agencies - all demand time to fix. At the base of it all is the urgent need to get to work on building a literate, informed and engaged citizenry. Education, Education, Education.
Harlan Hobgood, former USAID Director in Haiti
We should know what policies like having our products take over local markets subsidized farm produce and using grain as a fuel substitute wreak havoc with a country like Haiti. Most Americans don't have a clue.
We need to know the truth in oder to really affect change that helps.