The Road to Hell

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 24, 2009 - Political Science - 320 pages
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A stunning personal narrative of best intentions gone awry, Michael Maren, at one time an aid worker and journalist in Somalia, writes of the failure of international charities.

Michael Maren spent years in Africa, first as an aid worker, later as a journalist, where he witnessed at a harrowing series of wars, famines, and natural disasters. In this book, he claims that charities, such as CARE and Save the Children, are less concerned with relief than we think. Maren also attacks the United Nation's "humanitarian" missions are controlled by agribusinesses and infighting bureaucrats.

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Lots of thoughtful analysis with an intelligent writing style. his is far more than a one-sided point of view....governments and the ngo community really do not have much support if even a third of ... Read full review

THE ROAD TO HELL: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity

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Maren hurls stinging accusations and makes them stick: He paints development agencies (such as CARE) as self-perpetuating opportunists, funding their significant overhead through the misery of the ... Read full review


Authors Note
On the Spelling of Somali Words
Darkness and Light
Land Cruisers
Far from Somalia
Potemkin Villages
Death in Mogadishu
Selling the Children
Creating Dependency
Withdrawal Symptoms
Pigs at a Trough
Feeding the Famine
The Mogadishu Line
The SelfLicking Ice Cream Cone
Running Toward Rwanda

Crazy with Food

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Michael Maren is a journalist, author, screenwriter, and director who has written as a foreign correspondent for The Village Voice, Newsweek, Harper’s, and GQ, among others. His newest film, Shiver, releases in 2022.

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