Human Needs

Development & Education

A novice humanitarian aid worker confronts mayhem in the field

Imagine you're 27 years old, and assigned to one of your first humanitarian aid missions. You land in Darfur and find yourself in charge of a camp of some 24,000 desperate Sudanese, many fleeing violence and literally knocking down the doors of your home base. That's just the opener in Jessica Alexander's new memoir: Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid.