It Happened on the Way to War

It Happened on the Way to War

A Marine's Path to Peace

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In 2000 Rye Barcott spent a summer in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. A college student heading into the Marines, he sought to better understand ethnic violence--something he would likely face later in uniform. He learned Swahili, asked questions, and listened to young people talk about surviving in poverty he had never imagined. Anxious to help but unsure what to do, he stumbled into friendship with a widowed nurse, Tabitha Atieno Festo, and a hardscrabble community organizer, Salim Mohamed. Together, this unlikely trio built a non-governmental organization that would develop a new generation of leaders from within one of Africa's largest slums. Their organization, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), is now a global pioneer of the movement called Participatory Development. As Barcott continued his leadership in CFK while serving as a human intelligence officer in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa, the tools he learned building a community in Kenya helped him become a more effective counterinsurgent and peacekeeper.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, [2010], ©2010
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608192175
1608192172
Branch Call Number: 921 Barco
Characteristics: viii, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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bbonier Dec 01, 2013

In describing his struggles to aid residents of the slums of Kibera, Kenya, Barcott is actually tooting his own horn, but the story is well written and inspirational. He comes across as a very polite, likable young man. It is amazing what he was able to accomplish.

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