An Accidental Humanitarian
Memoir of an aid worker in the Yugoslav Wars
Living the realities of humanitarian relief work and witnessing the tragedies of what war could do and did to its civilian victims, was life-changing.
Roger Fowler’s rich memoir chronicles the wins and losses, joys and heartbreak of providing humanitarian relief to suffering civilians and displaced persons. With tenacity, determination and humour, Roger takes the reader with him through his adventures from escorting convoys across front lines to being in the middle of the largest and final battle of the Croatian War of Independence – Operation Storm.
" At once a love story; powerful day-to-day insights into the work of an International Red Cross delegate; and horrific accounting of the war crimes of 1992-1996 Bosnia, An Accidental Humanitarian tells an anything but accidental story. Roger Fowler's story of service is deeply compelling. I couldn't put it down. " - Lorimer Shenher, Author of That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away and This One Looks Like a Boy; My Gender Journey to Life as a Man
“ This is a must read for anyone interested in the realities of delivering humanitarian aid under war time conditions. This timely reminder of the challenges, though set in the aftermath of the collapse of Yugoslavia, has important lessons for those now engaged in the delivery of humanitarian aid in war torn Ukraine. ” - Samuel Schwisberg, Former General Counsel Canadian Red Cross and Author of Swarm Before Me: The Tragic Case of Becker v Pettkus
" Roger Fowler's memoir takes us into the operational heart of a terrible recent conflict. His personal observations are more relevant than ever, in the light of Russia's horrific attack on Ukraine. " - Lynne Van Luven, Editor and former journalist