Bed for the Night

Bed for the Night

Description

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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Details

Author(s)
David Rieff
Format
Paperback | 400 pages
Dimensions
140 x 216 x 22mm | 507g
Publication date
20 Oct 2003
Publisher
Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations
ISBN10
074325211X
ISBN13
9780743252119
Bestsellers rank
392,247