Where Soldiers Fear To Tread: At Work in the Fields of Anarchy

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In 1998, on the lookout for adventure and willing to take a risk, John Burnett left the comforts of the mainstream and became a UN relief worker in Somalia. He was completely unprepared for the realities of working in a country without government or law, where the only authority comes from a loaded gun. Held at gunpoint by a child soldier, having to watching a baby die of malaria in his arms, the experience profoundly changed the way he saw the world.

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"'The book speaks well to the complicated web of motivations involved with relief work in high-risk zones. Be it altruism or ego, a desire for adventure or isolation, the compulsion for relief workers to leave lives of relative comfort for dangerous war zone makes for a compelling take on human motivation'" ( Financial Times)

"'Engrossing... [Burnett] understands the mix of altruism, adrenalin, financial reward and companionship that drives many aid workers... He sees the way that the various aid agencies (even competing UN agencies) work against each other to gain credit and press exposure. And he learns, through bitter experience, how savage people can be when they are desperate.'" ( Sunday Times)

"'Part reportage, part memoir, part polemic, Burnett's account of his misadventures in Somalia is a journey into a heartless darkness. This book is a tough and often painful read not simply for it's wrenching accounts of human suffering and bureaucratic incompetence, but also because Burnett documents, with admirable lack of self pity, his own loss of innocence through its various stages of shock, bewilderment, incredulity, frustration and contempt.'" ( Evening Standard)

"'Haunting...Burnetts message is simple, and it is not new: being an aid worker in the field is dangerous... Different is the clarity and passion with which he delivers it.'" (Caroline Moorehead Sunday Telegraph)

"If you've ever sent 20 bucks off to a relief organization, you owe it to yourself to read this book" (Michael Maren)

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‘In the wake of the G8 summit at Gleneagles, John Burnetts engrossing account of his time as a United Nations worker in Africa is perfectly timed… The new recruit soon discovered the reality of his situation when he was fired at as he stepped off the plane… Burnett is particularly good at evoking the strain this created… His assessments are sure handed. He understands the miox of altruism, adrenaline, financial reward and companionship that drives many aid workers…. He sees the way that the various aid agencies (even competing UN agencies) work against each other to gain credit and press exposure. And he learns, through bitter experience, how savage people can be when they are desperate.’ Sunday Times

‘Part reportage, part memoir, part polemic, Burnett’s account of his misadventures in Somalia is a journey into a heartless darkness. This book is a tough and often painful read not simply for it’s wrenching accounts of human suffering and bureaucratic incompetence, but also because Burnett documents, with admirable lack of self pity, his own loss of innocence through its various stages of shock, bewilderment, incredulity, frustration and contempt… This affecting, timely and engaging memoir of life at the blunt end of aid…you can only admire the man for writing it. Someone should send a copy to each of the G8 leaders, along with a note reading: "Fragile. Handle with care."’ Evening Standard

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