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Mary-Anne has moved on, grown since the disastrous and passionate days of the Haiti earthquake response. Now, with World Aid Corps, based in Dolo Ado, Ethiopia, she struggles to balance life, love, and career following the opening of yet another new refugee camp at Bur Amina.

Will the heart-wrenching plight of an endless supply of refugees stretch her to the breaking point? Or will she rise beyond the challenges? And what will become of Jean-Philippe? Will prolonged separation cause their hearts to grow fonder? Or will she find comfort in the arms of the mysterious, brooding Jonathon Langstrom? Will she take a job at HQ? Or will she continue to answer the humanitarian call from a dusty refugee camp on the border of Somalia?

In the end, just how close will Mary-Anne come to crossing the lines from missionary to mercenary, and from mystic to misfit?

Biographie de l'auteur

J. is a full-time professional humanitarian worker with more than twenty years of experience in the aid industry. He currently holds a real aid world day job at a real humanitarian organization as a disaster response manager. He writes about humanitarian work in his spare time with a personal computer because he enjoys it and because he believes that there is not nearly enough popular culture out there specifically for aid workers. In a previous blogosphere life J. wrote a blog about aid work called Tales From the Hood (talesfromethehood.com). These days he is half owner/blogger of the uber-awesome Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like (stuffexpataidworkerslike.com). These days he occasionally blogs about serious topics at AidSpeak (aidspeak.wordpress.com). Learn more at evilgeniuspub.wix.com/evilgenius

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An outstanding and enjoyable introduction to the hard realities of humanitarian assistance 17 juillet 2013
Par Edward Carr - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Excerpted from a longer review published on my blog:

"Set in Bur Amina, Ethiopia, MMMM traces J's protagonist, Mary-Ann, through the twists and turns of delivering humanitarian assistance to refugees near the Ethiopia/Somalia border. The plot moves Mary-Ann through different positions in her small NGO, accurately conveying how abruptly one's life and position can change in this world...and also (perhaps inadvertently) demonstrates one of the most important lessons of any career: competence is in much shorter supply than most people realize, and if you are good at your job people will notice. At the same time, J lays out the jockeying of assistance organizations in the context of a humanitarian crisis, and the challenges of balancing the goal of helping the world's most vulnerable with the institutional imperatives of budgeting, fundraising, and surviving. Even the most careerist and craven of the characters in MMMM is understandable and relatable - the reader can understand why they are pushing for a particular project or outcome, even as the reader loathes them for it. Perhaps this is why Soledad Muñiz Nautiyal, in her review of the book, noted "the book presents `the good, the bad and the ugly' of the aid industry without ever adopting a cynical perspective, and merely acts as an observer of a complex picture". This perspective, which permeates MMMM, makes the world of compromise that is humanitarian assistance palatable. As the book so effectively conveys, too much idealism can render you irrelevant and ineffective. Some readers may hate this lesson and perspective. If so, you will probably hate the real world of humanitarian assistance.

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I really enjoyed the book. It was a quick read, and one that I found difficult to put down. It was interesting, the plot very believable, the characters relatable, and the lessons (both overt and subtle) worthwhile. Whether or not you want to go into development or humanitarian assistance as a career, if you care about global poverty and want to better understand just how difficult this work really is - and you want to understand the real reasons why it is so difficult - then go get your copy of Missionary, Mercenary, Mystic, Misfit. It is well worth the read. - See the full review at: [...]
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A good companion to Emergency Sex 27 juin 2013
Par Dr. Tom Arcaro - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I discovered this book after I had set the syllabus for my summer school course on Being and Becoming a Global Citizen and so was only able to "strongly recommend" that the students read it. Some have, and since have integrated insights into their written work. MMMM blends well with Emergency Sex (Cain, Postlewait and Thomson) that the students have read and responded to. I personally found the book to be a fast, engaging read and, compared to the body of non-fiction "insider" looks at humanitarian aid worker books I have read, it is spot on.

The author uses -though I would have to guess unwittingly-sociologist Erving Goffman's concept of the moral career as the narrative structure, and I think this is very effective.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hard to put down! 30 août 2014
Par Zehra Rizvi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I was a beta reader for this book and after meeting J on twitter we actually met in real life. With those disclaimers out of the way.....

I loved this book. As a beta reader I did only manage to comment on half the book and just finished, in one sitting the other half. So much of what Mary Anne goes through is things that I, and really any young aid worker I would think, have gone through. The indecision, the balancing of your principles with the practical realities of your job, the craving to belong but somehow choosing the life of a misfit....it's all real. It's also disconcerting that Mary Anne is a ops director with three years experience but that too, wrongly in my opinion, happens.

Thank you, J, for writing the book. Would totally recommend this to anyone entering the sector and those who want to reed an articulation of their own conflicting thoughts and actions at work. And take this advice that J gives seriously: be intentional.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I liked it! 20 janvier 2014
Par Sue McGrady - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I agree that there aren't enough books about the crazy world of humanitarian aid. It was well written and had a decent plot
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Perspective We often miss... 12 décembre 2013
Par N. Cross - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I enjoyed this look into the life of an employee in a refugee camp. It is one of those stories you hope isn't true. I enjoyed the character development and the obvious passions that it represents.
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