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    He Gave Me More Than A Bracelet. He Gave Me HIV.

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    The beginning... After 7 months in country (serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer) I was already changing. The Peace Corps tends to do that to people. I had made new friends- both Americans and Zambians. I had gone through many ups and downs in the village and my workplace. I had learned the culture and the language. I had felt the homesickness and loneliness that only volunteers can know. And I had experienced the constant admiration and proposals from Zambian men. Those 7 months had been a challenge for sure, but overall I was enjoying my experience. I was enjoying...
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    Haunted

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    Haunted. I am haunted by the human rights abuses to which I’ve become a witness. For years, through one-on-one interviews, I documented refugees’ flights from their homes. I became intimately familiar with who these people had been before they fled, why they had to flee their countries and under what circumstances. Through their descriptions, refugees transported me back to the attacks on their villages. I heard the guns and the cries of community members who were captured by the attackers. I saw the houses set ablaze amidst rebels decapitating male neighbors and raping girls and women alike. Some of those...
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    Humanitarian Assistance: the View from the Other Side

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    by Randall Wood & Carmine DeLuca (an extract from The Dictator’s Handbook: a practical manual for the aspiring tyrant (2012, www.dictatorshandbook.net) You’re off to help provide desperately needed services to an ailing population whose well-meaning government is willing but unable to help them. Right? Wrong. The world’s dictators, tyrants, and autocrats are happy to invite you in, but on their terms only, where your largesse is just another opportunity for profit, power, and prestige. Here is the advice we provide to dictators. If you understand it, you understand how the “other side” is thinking about your project. The NGO community...