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Humanitarian Ethics: A Guide to the Morality of Aid in War and Disaster 1st Edition

Tuesday 11/July/2017 - 08:52 AM
Sada El Balad

Humanitarians are required to be impartial، independent، professionally competent and focused only on preventing and alleviating human suffering. It can be hard living up to these principles when others do not share them، while persuading political and military authorities and non-state actors to let an agency assist on the ground requires savvy ethical skills.

Getting first to a conflict or natural catastrophe is only the beginning، as aid workers are usually and immediately presented with practical and moral questions about what to do next. For example، when does working closely with a warring party or an immoral regime move from practical cooperation to complicity in human rights violations? Should one operate in camps for displaced people and refugees if they are effectively places of internment? Do humanitarian agencies inadvertently encourage ethnic cleansing by always being ready to 'mop-up' the consequences of scorched earth warfare? This book has been written to help humanitarians assess and respond to these and other ethical dilemmas.

Editorial Reviews

"Slim writes in a very engaging manner that is both erudite and easy to read، professional and personal at the same time، as humanitarianism must be. One really feels he himself has struggled with many of the dilemmas he describes and is eager to share his experience."
-- The Jordan Times

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 1، 2015)
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches

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