Who saves the saviors?
October 28, 2008 1:57 PM Subscribe
posted by cal71 (11 comments total)
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In the field of humanitarian aid, personnel decisions are life and death business. The UN knows all too well the costs of poor oversight
, but aid worker and blogger Michael Kleinman
makes another observation, far more disturbing. In the multi-billion dollar humanitarian aid business, some lives are worth less than others
, and not only among the populations served
Local staff are the lifeblood of international charity organizations, and a lifeline for those they serve, yet they too rarely make the headlines, either to celebrate their work or to acknowledge their sacrifice. Is this a symptom of neo-colonialist attitudes in global aid or the evolution of aid into anything but neutral charity
? Simple racism? Or are the economic conditions in many of these places so dire that the relatively well-paying jobs for international organizations make the risk seem worthwhile in countries where civil society and the middle class have been destroyed or never existed in the first place?