Friday, November 14, 2008

An Imperfec Offering

Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-First Century, by James Orbinski, MD.

Quickie Recap: Dr Orbinski has worked as the international president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), and this book recounts the political frustrations, UN-induced nightmares and personal tragedies that he's witnessed while working in Somalia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and the like.

Quickie Review: Fucking Heart-breaking, and important.

Quickie Recommendation: Fucking yes.


Lorna said...

I'm fucking buying it

sage said...

a few months ago I reviewed Paul Theroux's "Lost Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town" As one who worked in Africa with the Peace Corp (early 60s) and later taught school in Uganda unil that country turned ugly, his trip through Africa displays the failure of many of the relief agencies.