From Rwanda to Afghanistan, from Sudan to Iraq, this brilliantly written and at times blackly funny work of reportage shows how the humanitarian aid industry, the media and warmongers the world over are locked in a cycle of mutual support. Drawing on her decades of first-hand experience, Linda Polman's gripping narrative introduces us to the key players in this twisted game, to the aid-workers and the warlords themselves. Among many others, there is the Bible-bashing one-man NGO who rescued two Sierra Leonean girls from life in an amputee camp - only to change his mind and try to send them back again; the director of the World Bank in Kabul who estimates that 35-40 per cent of all aid in Afghanistan is looted or lost; and the rebel soldier who explains that war does not mean fighting: 'W.A.R. means Waste All Resources. Destroy everything. Then you people will come and fix it.' War Games is a controversial exposAc from the front lines of the humanitarian aid industry by one of the most intrepid and brilliantly incisive journalists of our times.As we approached each nail-spiked plank on the tarmac, I wound down the car window a little and hurriedly threw out a ... Charles Taylor, demanded 15 per cent of the value of aid, to be paid to him in cash.2 The Liberian war victims werena#39;t the ... the people of Aceh saw soldiers selling sacks of donated rice to local traders, and there was a torrent of reports about aid ... stage into a heated meeting with forty-eight of the areaa#39;s a#39;generalsa#39;, each of whom laid down conditions of his own.
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