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Rawlence, Ben

Overview
Works: 28 works in 107 publications in 6 languages and 2,942 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HV640.4.K4, 967.73053
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Most widely held works about Ben Rawlence
 
Most widely held works by Ben Rawlence
City of thorns : nine lives in the world's largest refugee camp by Ben Rawlence( Book )

31 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and German and held by 2,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A researcher for Human Rights Watch describes the refugee camp in Dadaab, home to those fleeing civil war in Somalia, and highlights the life of various residents, including a former child soldier, a schoolgirl and a youth leader. --Publisher
Radio Congo : signals of hope from Africa's deadliest war by Ben Rawlence( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben Rawlence sets out to gather the news that never travels far - the news from the uneasy peace being made in Congo's 'silent quarter'. He travels by foot, bike and boat, meeting people who are making a life in one of the world's most dangerous places. Along the way he exposes the real story of Congo, during and after the war
"One hundred ways of putting pressure" : violations of freedom of expression and associations in Ethiopia by Ben Rawlence( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recommendations -- Methodology -- Background -- Constricting political space -- Stifling independent voices -- International response
City of thorns : nine lives in the world's largest refugee camp by Ben Rawlence( Recording )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya, Dadaab is a city like no other. Its buildings are made from mud, sticks, or plastic, its entire economy is grey, and its citizens survive on rations and luck. Over the course of four years, Ben Rawlence became a first-hand witness to a strange and desperate limbo-land, getting to know many of those who have come there seeking sanctuary. Among them are Guled, a former child soldier who lives for football; Nisho, who scrapes an existence by pushing a wheelbarrow and dreaming of riches; and schoolgirl Kheyro, whose future hangs upon her education.In City of Thorns, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Rawlence combines intimate storytelling with broad socio-political investigative journalism, doing for Dadaab what Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers did for the Mumbai slums. Lucid, vivid, and illuminating, City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dadaab home
"Bring the gun or you'll die" : torture, rape, and other serious human rights violations by Kenyan security forces in the Mandera Triangle by Ben Rawlence( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 51-page report documents rampant abuses during the operation and provides detailed accounts of the events in four of the 10 communities that were targeted. Across all 10 communities the evidence collected by Human Rights Watch indicates that security forces tortured scores of men, wounded at least 1,200 people, including one man who died from his injuries, and raped at least a dozen women over the course of the three-day operation. Human Rights Watch said this is part of a broader pattern of similar abuses by security forces.--Publisher description
"All the men have gone" : war crimes in Kenya's Mt. Elgon conflict by Ben Rawlence( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The people of Mt. Elgon in Western Kenya have been victimized by both sides in an armed conflict that has pitted ethnic militia against security forces. Since 2006 they have suffered a reign of terror by the insurgent Sabaot Land Defence Force which has killed over 600 people, tortured and raped at will, seized property, and extorted taxes. In March 2008 the Kenyan army was deployed in a joint operation with the police to quell the insurgency. Initially welcomed by the population of Mt. Elgon, the operation pursued a brutal strategy of arbitrary arrest, detention, and torture of most of the civilian male population. Hundreds if not thousands were tortured and dozens are still missing. Human RightsWatch is calling on the Kenyan government to transparently and independently investigate the allegations and hold those responsible to account, including those in position of command responsibility
Development without freedom : how aid underwrites repression in Ethiopia by Ben Rawlence( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ethiopia is one of the world's largest recipients of international development aid, receiving more than US$3 billion in 2008. The government receives international plaudits for its progress on economic development, even as it has steadily suppressed all forms of independent criticism and political dissent. Development without Freedom: How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia describes how the Ethiopian government is using development aid as a tool of political repression by conditioning access to essential government services on support for the ruling party. The patterns of repression documented in the report were particularly pronounced in the run-up to Ethiopia's May 2010 parliamentary elections, in which the ruling party won 99.6 percent of the seats. Based on interviews with more than 200 people in 53 different villages across three regions of the country, the report shows how people perceived as opposition supporters are routinely barred from access to government services, including agricultural inputs like seeds and fertilizers, micro-credit loans, and job opportunities. The report also examines the use of donor-funded capacity-building programs to indoctrinate school children in party ideology, intimidate teachers, and purge the civil service of dissenters. Paradoxically, as Ethiopia's human rights situation has steadily declined, donors have simultaneously ramped up assistance. Between 2004 and 2008, the level of development aid to Ethiopia doubled. Human Rights Watch calls on donors to ensure that their aid is being used in an accountable and transparent manner, and urges national legislatures and audit institutions in donor countries to examine Ethiopia's use of development aid to undermine basic human rights."--Page 4 of cover
"Hold your heart" : waiting for justice in Kenya's Mt. Elgon Region by Neela Ghoshal( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Approximately 300 Kenyans were forcibly disappeared in Kenya's Mt. Elgon region between 2006 and 2008, after being either arrested by Kenyan security forces or abducted by the militia group Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF). Over three years after a military operation was launched to flush out the militia--an operation that was accompanied by serious human rights abuses, including summary executions, enforced disappearance, and torture--the government has not provided any information on the plight of the disappeared, and their families are yet to have access to justice. "Hold Your Heart": Waiting for Justice in Kenya's Mt. Elgon Region documents the attempts of families of those forcibly disappeared by the Kenyan army and the SLDF to seek truth and justice. Human Rights Watch calls on the Kenyan government to open an inquiry into the fate of the missing persons. The International Criminal Court should also extend its Kenyan investigation to Mt. Elgon, the site of the highest concentration of pre- and post-election violence in the country."--Page 4 of cover
Criminal politics : violence, "godfathers" and corruption in Nigeria by Chris Albin-Lackey( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nigeria is mired in a crisis of governance. For decades, Nigeria's governing elite have been widely implicated in acts of violence, corruption and electorial fraud so pervasive as to resemble criminal activity more han democratic governance. Not only has Nigeria's federal government failed to hold these politicians to account, but Nigeria's system of politics has actively rewarded corruption and violence with control governorships, parliamentary seats and other positions of public trust
Ballots to bullets : organized political violence and Kenya's crisis of governance by Human Rights Watch (Organization)( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The results of Kenya's 2007 Presidential election sparked an outbreak of violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed, and 500,000 displaced. This report, based on research carried out during the clashes in Nairobi, Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley provinces, documents organized political and ethnic violence in January and February 2008. It also highlights the abusive role of the police, who repeatedly used excessive force against demonstrators. The new coalition government's task is to ensure individuals most responsible for recent and previous episodes of violence face justice. It must address widespread corruption, land grievances, and institutional reforms needed to protect human rights and ensure stability
Vluchtelingenstad : negen levens in het grootste vluchtelingenkamp ter wereld by Ben Rawlence( Book )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in Dutch and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aan de hand van de levensverhalen van negen bewoners wordt een beeld geschetst van het leven in Dabaab, het grootste vluchtelingenkamp ter wereld, in Kenia
High stakes : political violence and the 2013 elections in Kenya( )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kenya will hold general elections on March 4, 2013, the first such election since the severe violence after the 2007 polls and the first under Kenya's new constitution. Based on extensive research across Kenya, this report shows how the government has failed to address the underlying causes of past election-related violence, and in some areas the tensions have escalated. A combination of inaction by the authorities in some regions and abusive or discriminatory conduct in others, plus a failure to implement promised reforms, has led Kenya into another election where the risk of violence and human rights violations remains high
"The bullets were raining" : the January 2001 attack on peaceful demonstrators in Zanzibar by Nathalie Arnold( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miasto cierni : największy obóz dla uchodźców by Ben Rawlence( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in Polish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dadaab oznacza „miejsce twardego kamienia”. Jednak dla mieszkańców Rogu Afryki to przede wszystkim nazwa jednego z największych obozów dla uchodźców na świecie. Założony w 1992 roku miał chronić osoby uciekające przed wojną domową w Somalii od głodu, nędzy, a później również od terrorystów z Asz-Szabab. Niewielki i tymczasowy azyl z biegiem lat przekształcił się w ogromną, otoczoną drutem kolczastym metropolię, kuszącą tysiące ludzi wizją lepszego jutra i darmową opieką organizacji pomocowych. Dziennikarz i wieloletni współpracownik Human Rights Watch Ben Rawlence zebrał historie osób, które wskutek niesprawiedliwości losu znalazły się w sytuacji bez wyjścia. W jego książce głos mają rodzice, którzy zostawili za sobą całą przeszłość, ich dzieci – „pokolenie ’92” – nieznające rzeczywistości innej niż obóz, i ich wnuki, często umierające z powodu niedożywienia i szerzących się w Dadaab chorób. Gwałty i wymuszenia, obławy, wewnętrzny terror i klanowy ostracyzm, a wszystko pod czujnym okiem ONZ i kenijskiej policji. Miejsce, które wydawało się rajem, dość szybko okazało się gettem, z którego ucieczka graniczy niemal z cudem. Jedna z 10 najważniejszych książek 2016 roku według „Los Angeles Times” oraz książka roku 2016 według „The Economist”. "--
Ten long years : a briefing on Eritrea's missing political prisoners( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black and white : Kenya's criminal racket in Somalia by Journalists for Justice (Kenya)( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This study looks at the conduct of KDF forces in two areas: 1) sugar smuggling and financial enabling of al-Shabaab and, 2) human rights violations. The findings of this research contradict the impression of seriousness on the part of the Kenya Government. Human rights abuses inside Somalia appear widespread and are carried out with impunity. Air strikes are targeting livestock and wells rather than militant training camps. And the Kenya Defence Forces, rather than taking the fight to al-Shabaab, are actually in garrison mode, sitting in bases while senior commanders are engaged in corrupt business practices with the Jubaland administration and al-Shabaab. The illicit black and white trade is perverting Kenya's national interests, and enriching a small circle of individuals at the expense of national security. The irony is that tackling corruption within its own ranks might be harder for the Kenyan government than defeating al-Shabaab on the battlefield
Briefing: the Zanzibar election by Ben Rawlence( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Obozy do rozbicia by Ben Rawlence( )

1 edition published in 2018 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Obozy uchodźców to wielki biznes : rozmowa z Benem Rawlence'em, brytyjskim dziennikarzem, współpracownikiem Human Rights Watch we wschodniej Afryce by Ben Rawlence( )

1 edition published in 2017 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

To the charity workers, Dabaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a 'nursery for terrorists'; to the western media, it is a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort. Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya where only thorn bushes grow, Dadaab is a city like no other. Its buildings are made from mud, sticks or plastic, its entire economy is grey, and its citizens survive on rations and luck. Over the course of four years, Ben Rawlence became a first-hand witness to a strange and desperate limbo-land, getting to know many of those who have come there seeking sanctuary. Among them are Guled, a former child soldier who lives for football; Nisho, who scrapes an existence by pushing a wheelbarrow and dreaming of riches; Tawane, the indomitable youth leader; and schoolgirl Kheyro, whose future hangs upon her education. In City of Thorns, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there. Rawlence combines intimate storytelling with broad socio-political investigative journalism, doing for Dadaab what Katherinee Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers did for the Mumbai slums. Lucid, vivid and illuminating, City of Thorns is an urgent human story with deep international repercussions, brought to life through the people who call Dadaab home
 
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Alternative Names
Ben Rawlence britischer Menschenrechtler

Rawlence, B. 1974-

Languages
English (83)

German (6)

Polish (4)

Dutch (2)

French (1)

Danish (1)