Chasing Chaos My Decade in and Out of Humanitarian Aid

ISBN-10: 0770436919
ISBN-13: 9780770436919
Edition: 2013
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Description: Jessica Alexander arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide as an idealist intern, eager to contribute to the work of the international humanitarian aid community. The world that she encountered in the field was dramatically different than  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Jessica Alexander arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the genocide as an idealist intern, eager to contribute to the work of the international humanitarian aid community. 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 reality of the life of 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. Through her vivid and engaging prose, we see intimate portrayals of aid workers, refugees, and former child soldiers. 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 experienced such suffering. Tracing her personal journey from idealistic and naïve newcomer to hardened cynic to hopeful but critical realist, Alexander transports readers to some of the most troubled locations around the world and shows us not only the impossible challenges, but also the moments of hope and recovery.

Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander have collaborated on several children's books. One thing they have learned while cowriting stories is that when people join together, they can accomplish great things. Both authors live with their families in metro Atlanta, Georgia. Diane is also the author of This Is the Feast and How To Drive Your Sister Crazy.

All Skin and Grief: North Darfur, 2005
Hot Pockets and Sunny D: New York City, 2000
People Died This Way: Rwanda, 2003
Does Everyone You Work With Have Dreadlocks? New York City, 2003
Zulu X-Ray India 9: West Darfur, 2005
Center for Survivors of Torture Fancy Dress Night: North Darfur, 2005
More Money, More Problems: Sri Lank and Indonesia, 2005
Make a Living Off the Suffering of Strangers: New York City, 2006
War Don Don, Peace Don Cam: Sierra Leone, 2006-2007
Saving Lives One Keystroke at a Time: New York City, 2008-2009
I'm Headed to Haiti, Where Are You Going? Haiti, 2010
Epilogue 2013
Author's Note
Acknowledgments

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