The Big Bang of the Modern Humanitarian Aid Business

December 21, 2010

© Don McCullin/ Contact Press Images

A nine-year-old albino Ibo boy clutching an empty corned beef tin during the civil war in Biafra, Nigeria, April 1968.

Images by Don McCullin of starving children in Biafra galvanized public attention in 1968 when they first appeared in the media. Food aid from around the world began pouring into the province, which the Nigerian government had blockaded in its effort to put down an armed independence movement. It was no coincidence that the massive humanitarian effort, which saved thousands...

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