FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Read Gettleman's article on "Africa's Dirty Wars"

Gettleman is an incredible writer--I can't believe I haven't read him before!  

Take a few minutes to read his latest article:  Africa’s Dirty Wars from the New York Review of Books today (and follow him on twitter: @gettleman).   His article closes with his observation following a massacre in Niangara:

I walked under the mango trees and into an old house, the field clinic. A young woman sat on an iron cot. She had been fetching water when she was attacked, apparently for no reason. The rebels had pinned her down in the dirt and sliced off her lips. She was twenty-three. Now her mouth will forever be open, like a scream.

He uses a picture from the Richard Mosse's newly released photobook Infra; an examination of the ongoing conflict in the DRC.  


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