A Marine's Path to Peace

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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.


Rye Barcott

Comments [4]

Mia M from Brooklyn

Great segment and very impressive work: the collaborative nature of it is excellent. Brighter Green, based in Brooklyn, is working to develop young women's leadership in Kenya, too (as well as Tanzania) in poor communities on the front lines of climate change:

Aug. 25 2011 01:20 PM

He talks about the adaptability of the military and the cognitive dissonance of being warriors being "peacekeepers". Speaking closer to home: what is his opinion about the widespread mental illness/suicide of returning soldiers, who don't seem to have got the "adaptation" message?

Aug. 25 2011 12:55 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

It's no different than in the Greco-Roman times,when Hellenism and "progress" was first spread by the sword, but Alexander the Great and then Pompey and Caesar later on also believed they were bringing civilization and progress to the "barbarians." So what our military has been doing in recent times is not all that new.`

Aug. 25 2011 12:53 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Horrid Dickensian conditions in rapidly urbanizing countries is hardly anything new. It's no different than London in 1824. It's unfortunate and disturbing that rising, rapidly urbanizing economies must go through these terrible, dehumanizing stages in their development, but alas, unavoidable.

In our own country, desuburbanization and resettlement of people who are losing or have lost their homes leads to trailer-type shantytowns too. We are going to have to reurbanize as well, if our economy is to go forward again. The city, or civilization, is the symptom of economic progress, but it is built on a lot of suffering and even dung as well.

Aug. 25 2011 12:49 PM

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