Famine Crimes

Famine Crimes : Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa

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This study argues that humanitarian relief work is a certain kind of political action, and that technical solutions must be evaluated within a political context.

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 20mm | 340.2g
  • James Currey
  • OxfordUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0852558104
  • 9780852558102
  • 380,188

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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 almost twenty years ago.' - Michael Watts in Development & Change 'This is unquestionably 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

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