Famine crimes: politics & the disaster relief industry in Africa

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African Rights & the International African Institute, 1997 - Nature - 238 pages
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"A powerful critique of the international humanitarian agencies dominating famine relief in Africa." -- Foreign Affairs "This is unquestionably an important book by a writer whose accomplishments as a researcher, critic and activist on famine and on human rights in Africa are widely respect." -- International Affairs "... de Waal pleads for readers... to probe for a deeper understanding of the 'political roots of famine'... " -- WorldView "... a well-documented critique that should give pause for serious reflection and serve to instruct both the initiate and the master of famine theory... " -- Sociocultural Anthropology Famine Crimes is a factually rich, powerfully intelligent, morally important analysis of the persistence of famine in Africa. Alex de Waal lays the blame for Africa's problems with starvation on the political failings of African governments, western donors, and the misguided policies of international relief agencies.

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About the author (1997)

Alex de Waal is a Director of Justice Africa in London and a fellow of the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University. He is the author of several books on famine, human rights, and conflict in Africa, and has been at the forefront of mobilizing African and international responses to these