Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges: How Foreign Aid became a Casualty of War

Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges: How Foreign Aid became a Casualty of Warby Peter Gill
Publication date: 15th May 2016

  • Reveals how the historic foundations of humanitarian aid - independence, impartiality and neutrality - are under threat following 15 years of the ‘War on Terror’
  • In an explosive chapter, shows how CIA operations in Pakistan to find Osama Bin Laden led to Save the Children being banned from the country
  • Vivid on-the-ground reporting from the Turkey-Syria border, Afghanistan, Somalia, Kenya and Pakistan
  • Shows how western counter-terror laws are restricting humanitarian relief operations and costing lives

'[An] urgent and incisive book of reportage...Gill’s deft analysis and reporting provide an enlightening account of a new world disorder, where the “civilized principles supposedly governing a war” have been forfeited.'
Publishers Weekly

‘Peter Gill visits the frontline in some of the most dangerous warzones in the world, and powerfully challenges the concept of benign aid. For anybody who believes in the need for a more peaceful world, this is an essential read.’
Antony Loewenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe

The 'War On Terror' has politicized foreign aid as never before. Aid workers are being killed at an alarming rate and civilians in war-torn countries abandoned to their fate. From the ravaged streets of Mogadishu to the unending struggle in Helmand, Peter Gill travels to some of the most conflict-stricken places on earth to reveal the true relationship between the aid business and Western security. While some agencies have clung to their neutrality against ever stiffer odds, others have compromised their impartiality to secure the flow of official funds.

In a world where the advance of Islamic State constitutes the gravest affront to humanitarian practice and principle the aid community has faced in decades, Gill poses the crucial question - can Western nations fight in a country and aid it at the same time? Read more....


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