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Friday, September 19, 2008

Emergency Sex

I recently read Emergency Sex (and othe deperate measures) - True stories from a war zone.

The stories of 3 people involved in Red Cross and UN humanitarian missions in the '90s.

It was recommended to me during a Red Cross training course, mainly due to the connection with one of the authors staring out as a Red Cross delegate before moving to work with the UN.

It also covers some of the history of missions to Haiti which is of potential interest to me.

It also gives a different perspective on the UN peacekeeping missions in some of the hotspots during the '90s, including the "Block Hawk Down" incident.

I found it hard to put down.

'A hell of a good book' Phillip Gourevitch

'A riveting read that vividly dramatises the many contradictions of the world it moves through' The Guardian

'Vividly told ... this book is all the more engaging because its perspective is personal before it is political' Daily Mirror

'The real beauty of Emergency Sex is that it's one of those rare books that is as wonderfully written as it is controversial ... impossible to put down' The Sunday Telegraph

By Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, Andrew Thomson
Ebury Press, Random House

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