What are some examples of humanitarian acts gone awry?
June 13, 2014 8:56 AM Subscribe
Can anyone provide instances of humanitarian efforts on a global or national scale that ended up exacerbating matters or creating new problems? What made these efforts different from successful ventures?
posted by jne1813 to Society & Culture (24 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I am interested in humanitarianism gone wrong - either through misallocation of funds, a shallow understanding of the problem at hand or any other circumstances (internal or exigent). I don't want to hear about small scale failings, but acts that had widespread support and confidence only to fail, if not worsen the crisis it was meant to address.
Government examples are great, but I am also especially interested in NGO and private instances. My curiosity stems from wanting to understand how things can go wrong specifically for the task of refining my sensitivity for the public good that indeed does good. These failings can highlight how and why some humanitarian projects exceed expectations and change society for the better.
Thank you for your help with this question.