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"We Are Consumers of War"

Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid - Samantha Nutt

And it's only when you have time to think, unarmed in the midst of a fierce gunfight, that you understand how utterly and hopelessly f***** you really are.

 

Just within a few pages, Dr. Nutt pulls you into the seriousness of war, poverty and violence plagued communities around the world. Not only does she describe the helplessness that comes with seeing hundreds of women and children dying of hunger, but also the disgusting brutality consuming peacekeepers that in return fracture the image of neutral humanitarian operations. 

 

The conflict described is alive and real. There is a great deal of power in Dr. Nutt's words, definitely take a read and reflect on what kind of impact -if any- this would have on how you make your donations and where you spend your time volunteering. Are you doing more harm than good?