What books to read on World Humanitarian Day

On the 19th August each year we celebrate World Humanitarian Day. The purpose of World Humanitarian Day is to raise awareness of the plight of civilians around the world who have become caught up in conflicts, and also honour and raise support for the humanitarian workers who risk, and sometimes lose, their lives to help.

Over 130 million people throughout the world are currently in crisis, either through war or natural disasters and are in need of humanitarian aid. The date was chosen as it marks the anniversary of the bombing of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, an event in which the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mellothe and twenty others lost their lives in 2003.

πŸ“š Climate Justice: A Man-Made Problem with a Feminist Solution by Mary Robinson

πŸ“š Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

πŸ“š How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

πŸ“š Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World by Jason Hickel

πŸ“š Ecological Debt: Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations by Andrew Simms

πŸ“š Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and Out of Humanitarian Aid by Jessica Alexander

πŸ“š Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures): True Stories from a War Zone by Andrew Thomson, Heidi Postlewait and Kenneth Cain

πŸ“š In the Eyes of Others: How People in Crises Perceive Humanitarian Aid by Caroline Abu-Sada

πŸ“š Band-Aid for a Broken Leg: Being a Doctor with No Borders (and Other Ways to Stay Single) by Damien Brown

πŸ“š The Paradoxes of Aid Work: Passionate Professionals by Silke Roth

πŸ“š Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails by Christopher J. Coyne

πŸ“š Humanitarian Ethics: A Guide to the Morality of Aid in War and Disaster by Hugo Slim

πŸ“š Governing Disasters: Engaging Local Populations in Humanitarian Relief by Shahla F Ali

Check out book recommendations for World Hunger Day, International Day of Justice or International Migrants Day!

Check outΒ episode 50 on being informed on climate changeΒ with Devi Lockwood and episode 59 on being politically responsible with Fear of Black Consciousness author Professor Lewis R. Gordon.

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Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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