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Chasing Chaos

My Decade in and Out of Humanitarian Aid
  • By 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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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780770436919
    • Manufacturer: Broadway Books
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780770436919
    • Publication Date: 10/01/2013
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Jessica Alexander
    • Page Count: 400
    • Width: 5.25 inches
    • Height: 0.82 inches
    • Length: 8.01 inches
    • Weight: 0.63 pounds
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