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Chasing chaos : my decade in and out of humanitarian aid

Author: Jessica Alexander
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jessica Alexander arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide as an idealistic intern, eager to contribute to the work of the international humanitarian aid community. But the world that she encountered in the field was dramatically different than anything she could have imagined. It was messy, chaotic, and difficult'but she was hooked. In this honest and irreverent memoir, she introduces readers to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Jessica Alexander
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica Alexander
ISBN: 9780770436926 0770436927 1299927203 9781299927209
OCLC Number: 859530156
Description: 1 online resource : maps
Contents: All skin and grief --
Hot pockets and sunny delight --
People died this way --
Does everyone you work with have dreadlocks? --
Training wheels come off --
Center for victims of torture fancy dress night --
Too much money --
I make a living off the suffering of strangers --
War don don, peace don cam --
I'm headed to Haiti, where are you going? --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Jessica Alexander.

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Jessica Alexander arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide as an idealistic intern, eager to contribute to the work of the international humanitarian aid community. But the world that she encountered in the field was dramatically different than anything she could have imagined. It was messy, chaotic, and difficult'but she was hooked. In this honest and irreverent memoir, she introduces readers to the realities of life as an aid worker. We watch as she manages a 24,000-person camp in Darfur, collects evidence for the Charles Taylor trial in Sierra Leone, and contributes to the massive aid effort to clean up a shattered Haiti. But we also see the alcohol-fueled parties and fleeting romances, the burnouts and self-doubt, and the struggle to do good in places that have long endured suffering. Tracing her personal journey from wide-eyed and naIve newcomer to hardened cynic and, ultimately, to hopeful but critical realist, Alexander transports readers to some of the most troubled locations around the world and shows us not only the seemingly impossible challenges, but also the moments of resilience and recovery.

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