Zen Under Fire by Marianne Elliot review

By Julia Millen In Books

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28th April, 2012
New Zealand human rights lawyer Marianne Elliott takes up a new job as a peace advocate with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. She is just starting to get her bearings in Herat when news of an assassination and escalating violence in the district shatters her equilibrium. Zen Under Fire records the extraordinary day-to-day experiences of Elliott’s year in Herat and Ghor, as she navigates a perilous passage through the UN bureaucratic maze and complex local traditions and protocol, while living under constant physical threat. Much of her work involves listening ...

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