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Author: Rye Barcott
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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In 2000 Rye Barcott spent a summer in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. A college student heading into the Marines, he sought to better understand ethnic violence--something he would likely face later in uniform. He learned Swahili, asked questions, and listened to young people talk about surviving in poverty he had never imagined. Anxious to help but unsure what to do, he stumbled into friendship with a widowed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Barcott, Rye.
It happened on the way to war.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2011
(DLC) 2010030544
(OCoLC)639161290
Named Person: Rye Barcott; Rye Barcott
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rye Barcott
ISBN: 9781608195015 1608195015
OCLC Number: 748380849
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 340 pages, [8] pages of plates) : color illustrations, maps
Contents: pt. 1. The grenade ; Big Gota (fist bump) ; The present and future leaders ; "Because I can" ; What's the key? --
pt. 2. Doers ; The sword ; Things fall apart ; Messiahs ; Harambee ; War on trash --
pt. 3. From peacetime to wartime ; Change and continuity ; Spyderco ; Compartments ; Grass, flower, and wind ; The manuscript ; The elephant and the velvet glove ; Eleven years old and his life is already behind him ; Impact.
Responsibility: Rye Barcott.

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In 2000 Rye Barcott spent a summer in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. A college student heading into the Marines, he sought to better understand ethnic violence--something he would likely face later in uniform. He learned Swahili, asked questions, and listened to young people talk about surviving in poverty he had never imagined. Anxious to help but unsure what to do, he stumbled into friendship with a widowed nurse, Tabitha Atieno Festo, and a hardscrabble community organizer, Salim Mohamed. Together, this unlikely trio built a non-governmental organization that would develop a new generation of leaders from within one of Africa's largest slums. Their organization, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), is now a global pioneer of the movement called Participatory Development. As Barcott continued his leadership in CFK while serving as a human intelligence officer in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa, the tools he learned building a community in Kenya helped him become a more effective counterinsurgent and peacekeeper.--From publisher description.

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