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Greenlit: The Trouble With Aid, BBC4

The Trouble With Aid (1 x 120′) – A documentary that features exclusive interviews with former aid workers as they look back at their experiences providing disaster relief at some of the major humanitarian disasters over the past 50 years.

From the Biafran War to the Ethiopian famine and the relationship between aid and politics in Afghanistan, the film explores the moral and political dilemmas that aid workers faced as their attempts to help were often compromised or undermined. Offering a rare glimpse at life on the ground in a disaster zone, The Trouble With Aid features interviews with former aid workers from Oxfam, MSF, Save the Children – among others – who address a common question: can emergency aid sometimes do more harm than good?

Following the film will be The Trouble With Aid: The Debate (1 s 45′). Featuring a panel of disaster relief experts, the debate will further explore these dilemmas and consider what emergency aid means in the 21st century.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: Wall to Wall (The Trouble With Aid: The Debate produced by BBC Scotland)

TX: 9th December 2012

Source: BBC press release

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