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Linda Polman

Linda Polman worked as a freelance journalist for Dutch television and radio, for European radio stations and for Dutch and Belgian newspapers and magazines. She is also a lecturer on journalism at the University of Utrecht. Her earlier books include The Floating City (1991), about journeys she made through Zaïre, Kenya and Malawi, Bot pippel (1993), a report on Haitian refugees, and We Did Nothing: Why the truth doesn’t always come out when the UN goes in (1997). For The Crisis Caravan (2008) she investigated humanitarian aid organizations. The book became an international bestseller.

’k Zag twee beren

’k Zag twee beren

De achterkant van de VN-vredesmissies

(Rozenberg Publishers, 2002, 268 pagina's)

April 1995: Linda Polman is the only Western journalist present in the UN refugee camp Kibeho in Rwanda. She witnesses how eighty Zambian Blue Helmets are forced to watch helplessly as 150,000 Hutu refugees are driven together by Tutsi government troops. Many thousands are then murdered. After the bodies have been dragged away by the government soldiers, the Rwandan president visits the site and asks Captain Francis, commanding officer of the Zambian Blue Helmets, for his estimate of the number of victims. ‘The Zambian cautiously rounds it down to 4,000, a figure the president does not like at all. “I have the impression you are exaggerating,” he states coldly, preferring to stick to…

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De crisiskaravaan

De crisiskaravaan

De achterkant van de humanitaire noodhulpindustrie

(Balans, 2008, 256 pagina's)

Imagine receiving a phone call from the Nazis: You may deliver aid to the concentration camps, but the camp management will decide how much goes to the staff and how much to the prisoners. What do you do? Linda Polman starts her book with a bang with this dilemma. It is the question that humanitarian organizations wrestle with, whether to remain neutral or to withdraw if wrongful use is made of their assistance, especially now that the majority of today’s war victims are civilians.

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Death Row Dollies

Death Row Dollies

Leven met de doodstraf

(Bertram en de Leeuw, 2015, 264 pagina's)

The best way of making abstract suffering tangible is through personal stories. In Death Row Dollies, investigative journalist Linda Polman plunges into the bizarre universe of the American death penalty ‘industry’ and those crushed in it.

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