Rye Barcott talks about being both a Marine and a humanitarian. He started Carolina for Kibera (CFK), a non-governmental organization focused on developing a new generation of leaders from within Kibera, one of Africa's largest slums, in Nairobi, Kenya. In It Happened On the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace, he gives an account of his experience in the Marines, serving as a human intelligence officer in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa, as well as his work in humanitarian service.
We often look at the soldiers we send off to battle as warriors. But the experience of war transforms can transform fighters into humanitarians; we hear from two young veterans for whom this is the case. U.S. Marine Rye Barcott is an Iraq veteran, and founder of Carolina for Kibera: a non-governmental organization that uses sports and health care to nurture and develop young leaders in the slums of Kenya. He’s also the author of “It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace.” Eric Greitens is a Navy SEAL, Iraq veteran, Rhodes Scholar, and founder of The Mission Continues: a non-profit that trains wounded veterans for leadership roles in their communities. He’s also the author of “The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Seal.”