Editions. War Games . Linda Polman ‘Polman shines a light on the multibillion dollar juggernaut that is today’s humanitarian aid network. But as Linda Polman’s War Games reveals, the delivery of aid can often have unintended consequences. Relying on decades of experience as. Conor Foley: Of course there are problems with the aid industry, but books like Linda Polman’s War Games only simplify the debate.

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But while the Tutsis wanted nothing more than to escape the genocide of the belligerents, aid was being provided by the Red Cross, the biggest of all aid organizations, who’s policy at the time was ‘to provide aid regardless of politics or stance’ or something of the like.

And while some of the time it can be as simple as helping the less fortunate, it can otherwise be a very complex situation. Like Telegraph Books on Facebook.

The merit of such books is that they should force those who believe that aid can do good to respond, rather than just assuming that the arguments for saving lives or reducing poverty are self-apparent. But the point, and the paradox, is that the people most in need of our aid are, by definition, the people who are hardest to help.

At times gets repetitive, which in itself illustrates how many saddening examples of what humanity becomes in war. There was a massive ethnic cleansing carried out by the Hutus against the Tutsis. Jun 12, Jane Walker rated it it was amazing Shelves: The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends.

This is not news. Many of these points are familiar to those immersed in the aid world, but Polman has done a good job in bringing them to wider attention. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Polman chucks the metaphorical kitchen sink at humanitarian aid and its workers. Jul 15, Saba Malik rated it really liked it. Meghna rated it it was amazing Jun 12, Yet, as anyone who has ever been on such a plane would surely know, they do the exact opposite, flying terrifyingly low until they have built up sufficient speed to reduce their vulnerability. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A very provocative account on everything that has happened during the linra of humanitarian aid supply and distribution.

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Jul 16, Liisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 14, Tom rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. The road to hell, it seems, is paved with stereotypical cliches, as well as good intentions. Of course there are problems with the aid industry.

Marina Morales rated it really liked it Jan 04, The case for international aid has been won at the macro-political level — as shown by the cross-party consensus about Britain’s aid budget — but Polman’s book will tap an underlying sentiment, which should not be underestimated.

Little did the Red Cross volunteers realize, they had been helping many Hutus, who were gaining food and useful items for trading to further carry out their destruction pllman the race of Tutsis. Eye-opening look at some of the problems with the aid ‘industry’, I kept reading paragraphs of this aloud and irritating people, highly recommended! Lists with This Book. It starts in Goma, lunda across the border from Rwandain Aprila year after the genocide.

This is a preaching-to-the-converted sort of book. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Gamew ask other readers linfa about War Gamesplease sign up. Yes, organisations that receive our money — whether through taxes or through donations — should be accountable to the people who provided that money. Aid agencies also have growing political clout, playing a leading role in shaping foreign policies of western governments towards humanitarian crises — sometimes even helping to trigger foreign military interventions.


Published May 25th by Viking first published April 19th Situations like this and many other ethical dilemmas are addressed in this piece.

War Games: the Story of Aid and War in Modern Times by Linda Polman: review – Telegraph

In this brilliant eye witness account of the humanitarian aid industry, journalist Linda Polman gives us a glimpse into the problems faced by humanitarians all over the world whilst trying to prevent and alleviate human suffering. These two tribes had a long history of bad blood. From Rwanda to Afghanistan, from Sudan to Iraq, this brilliantly written and at times blackly funny work of reportage shows how the humanitarian aid industry, the media and warmongers the world over are locked in a cycle of mutual support.

Further, although the book was published inshe bases all of her arguments on observations she made in the s, failing to account for the massive push in professionalization and standards-based delivery of humanitarian assistance that has changed the humanitarian movement since the more amateurish 90s which, to be clear, was 20 years ago.

Giving aid sometimes means lengthening civil wars, supporting oppressive regimes and helping people that committed genocides before helping their victims. Jul 17, Manuel rated it really liked it Shelves: Order by newest oldest recommendations.

We need to face up to difficult issues that Polman raises, not ignore them. Show 25 25 50 All.