Paul Harrison has provided a comprehensive guide to the roots of mass poverty, to the social strains and political instability that turn one Third World country after another into dangerous flashpoints - an ever-growing threat to the world's peace and prosperity. From climate and colonialism, through land hunger, exploding cities and unemployment, to over population, malnutrition, disease and illiteracy, the wealth of facts and analysis is brought home in first hand, often harrowing accounts of the realities of life for poor people and poor communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.… (more)
'Unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.' ---Gospel according to St Matthew
For my mother and my wife
Preface: This book is based on five years' research and travel in eleven countries, between 1975 and 1980, which took me to Sri Lanka (April/May 1975), Upper Volta and the Ivory Coast (February/March 1976), Columbia and Peru (November/December 1976), Brazil (May 1977), Indonesia and Singapore (September/October 1977), three times to India (July/August1974, March 1976 and June 1978), Bangladesh (September 1978) and Kenya (May 1980).
Introduction: The battered Morrocan bus heaved its bulk up the Atlas mountains, eroded by the tracks of a hundred absent streams, then traversed the flat, stony plain of the Dades river and stopped for water, where camels were gulping in great draughts.
For four months there had been scarcely a drop of rain on the fields of Ife in Nigeria and the hot harmattan wind had brought down dust clouds from the Sahara.