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Dr. Samantha Nutt

Dr. Samantha Nutt, the founder of War Child, discusses her new book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid (Signal, 2011), with Joseph Planta.

Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid by Dr. Samantha Nutt. (Signal, 2011)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Damned Nations [1]

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.

A great read I’m in the midst of is the thoughtful and thought-provoking Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid. Its author Dr. Samantha Nutt joins me now. In the book she recounts her life thus far. Her last 15 years or so have been remarkable. She recounts in eye-opening detail being in the war zone, helping mothers and their babies while around her bombs would be going off, and bullets would be fired. In 1995, at the age of 25 as a new medical school graduate, she arrives in Somalia a volunteer for UNICEF. Over next 15 years, she’s in various war torn areas in the world, advocating for children and their families. She joins me now to tell us a bit of what she’s seen and what we ought to see. She writes in this book about issues we should think about, foreign aid and how and where it should be spent, as well as what we should think about when we do give. We also consider how much we spend on militarisation. Dr. Samantha Nutt is a medical doctor and a founder of War Child, an international humanitarian organisation. She’s been at the front line of many of the world’s major crises, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, the Congo, Darfur, Sudan, and Sierra Leone, among other countries. She’s an acclaimed public speaker, and an award-winning humanitarian appointed to the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. She is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, and she is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. The website for War Child is at www.warchild.ca [2]. The book is published by Signal, which is an imprint of McClelland & Stewart. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Vancouver this day, Samantha Nutt; Good morning, Dr. Nutt.