240 pages, 8.53 × 5.73 × 0.85 in
October 25, 2011
McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 077105145X
ISBN - 13: 9780771051456
Read from the Book
When war returned to Bukavu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo along the Rwandan border, I dismissed the gunfire as nothing more than a minor skirmish. A peace accord had been signed eighteen months earlier by most of the fractured parties to this hellish conflict. Had no one read it? Maybe, I reasoned, it was just a group of boys not quite satisfied with the terms of their severance from one of the ever-shifting rebel groups. This isn’t serious. It will pass. During my previous mission to the region a few months earlier, there had been hushed chatter among aid workers of a “third revolution,” but war zones are full of such stories – of final chapters in battle not yet written. And, by all accounts, the rumours predated the peace process, so there was no need for concern. There were 10,000 United Nations peacekeepers in the region, and I was confident it wouldn’t take them long to identify the problem and contain it. I was travelling with a documentary crew, gathering footage for an hour-long feature on the Congo’s devastating war. Our team was set to leave the next day, so I returned to my room at the Orchid Hotel – a Belgian-run auberge on the sluggish shores of Lake Kivu – and continued packing. Half of our crew, which included my husband, Eric Hoskins, had not yet returned from filming. I did not expect to hear these words at my door: “Sam, Eric’s been detained. Security officials are holding him and the rest of the team at the police station, and have confiscat
From the Publisher
Samantha Nutt is one of the most intrepid voices in the humanitarian arena and Damned Nations is a book of uncommon power. Weaving gripping personal experiences with uncompromising and impassioned argument, Nutt dissects war and aid, where humanitarian efforts go wrong, and what can and should be done to bring about a more just world. Drawing from nearly two decades of experiences at the frontline of conflict, Nutt challenges many of the assumptions and orthodoxies surrounding the aid industry. A book that is at once moving, engaging, and insightful, Damned Nations has been acclaimed by readers and critics across North America.
About the Author
SAMANTHA NUTT, M.D., is an award winning humanitarian, acclaimed public speaker, and an expert on the impact of war on civilians. She is a founder of the international humanitarian organization War Child. Dr. Nutt has worked in many of the world’s most violent flashpoints with the United Nations and non-governmental organizations, developing and implementing programs that support children and the families. In July 2011, Dr. Nutt was awarded the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour, for her contributions to improving the plight of civilians in the world’s worst conflict zones. She has written for Maclean’s, and her reports on civilians in war have been cited by The Economist, the Globe and Mail, and other publications. She has appeared on NPR, NBC Nightly News, and numerous CTV and CBC radio and television programs. Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. She resides with her family in Toronto.
“Samantha Nutt is scrupulously consistent with her hard-nosed, direct, in-your-face style and defiant resolve in her approach to war and the massive abuses to humanity, especially women and children. Samantha is telling us in no uncertain terms that humanitarianism starts by a 'critical reflection concerning our own actions and deeds.' And then she offers some solid proposals to consider. Well done, in a most compelling of ways." —LGen the Hon. Roméo A. Dallaire, (Ret’d), Senator "This is an extraordinarily riveting book. The anecdotes are heart-wrenching; the analysis is trenchant, principled, uncompromising. I never read a book in one sitting: I read Damned Nations in one sitting, and I regretted that it came to an end. It's not an easy read, but it's filled with emotional and intellectual power." —Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, and Chair of the Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation “This book is a passionate reaction to so much of the stupidity and calumny that leads to death and destruction, and yet, it incorporates insightful and cool headed reasons as to why. An important book for our times.” —Lloyd Axworthy, President, University of Winnipeg and former Minister of Foreign Affairs “A brave, eloquent, and necessary book.” –Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly “When I first met Sam, I was moved by her total and single minded dedication to justice. She thought of people in far away places the way we think of relatives in disadvan