9781608192175

It Happened on the Way to War : A Marine's Path to Peace

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  • ISBN13:

    9781608192175

  • ISBN10:

    1608192172

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/29/2011
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Summary

Three Cups of TeameetsOne Bullet Awayin this inspiring, literary memoir by a young Marine who finds his calling empowering youth in one of the world's largest and most volatile slumsIn 2000, Rye Barcott spent part of a summer living in ten-by-ten-foot shacks in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a 20-year-old college student heading into the Marines, and he sought to better understand extreme ethnic violence something he would likely face later in uniform. He learned Swahili, asked questions, and listened to young people talk about how they survived in poverty he had never imagined. Anxious to help but unsure what to do, he stumbled into friendship with a widowed nurse, Tabitha Atieno Festo, and a tough community organizer, Salim Mohamed.It Happened On the Way to Waris the gripping story of this unlikely trio's journey to build a nongovernmental organization that would develop a new generation of leaders from within one of Africa's largest slums. Their organization, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), is now a global pioneer of the movement called participatory development. Timemagazine called CFK a "Hero of Global Health," and dignitaries such as Melinda Gates and Barack Obama have visited to see its best practices. CFK's greatest lesson may be that with the right kind of support, people in desperate places will take charge of their lives and create breathtaking change.Engaged in two seemingly contradictory forms of public service at the same time, Barcott continued his leadership in CFK while serving as a Marine human intelligence officer in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa. Struggling with the intense stress of leading highly trained Marines in dangerous places, he took the tools he learned building community in one of the most fractured parts of Kenya and became a more effective counter-insurgent and peacekeeper. This is a true story of sacrifice and courage, failure and triumph, and the powerful melding of military and humanitarian service. It's a story of what America's role in the world could be.

Author Biography

Rye Barcott founded the renowned non-governmental organization Carolina for Kibera (CFK) with Salim Mohamed and Tabitha Atieno Festo while he was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation, he served as a Marine for five years on active duty. In 2006 ABC World News named then Captain Barcott a Person of the Week and Person of the Year for his dual service to Kibera and the Marine Corps. As a Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, he earned master's degrees in business and public administration from Harvard University. He is currently a member of the World Learning Board of Trustees and a TED Fellow living in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
The Grenadep. 17
Big Gota (Fist Bump)p. 37
The Present and the Future Leadersp. 55
"Because I can"p. 70
What's the Key?p. 81
Doersp. 95
The Swordp. 110
Things Fall Apartp. 118
Messiahsp. 135
Harambeep. 142
War on Trashp. 161
From Peacetime to Wartimep. 173
Change and Continuityp. 182
Spydercop. 196
Compartmentsp. 213
Grass, Flower, and Windp. 229
The Manuscriptp. 250
The Elephant and the Velvet Glovep. 262
Eleven Years Old and His Life Is Already Behind Himp. 283
Impactp. 304
Epiloguep. 321
Acknowledgmentsp. 337
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