Care and Maintenance
The New Face of International Humanitarianism
The chapter shows how the DP episode transformed the ideology and practice of modern humanitarianism. Prior to 1945, the alleviation of human suffering was the responsibility of private charitable organizations committed to war-stricken civilian populations. The “relief and rehabilitation” of Europe’s displaced persons was instead a coordinated international operation: traditional charity gave way to a “machinery of international relief to the prominent role played today by the United Nations and Western NGOs in the conduct of humanitarian interventions.
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