Linda Polman is a Dutch freelance investigative journalist. She resides in Amsterdam, but for her research she lived and worked for many years in various war zones and developing countries, such as Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Congo and Afghanistan.

She is the author of 'The crisis caravan' (Behind the scenes of the humanitarian aid industry) about international humanitarian aid operations in war zones. It was published in ten languages. 'A testament to the limits of human suffering and of trying to rescue some humanity', Times Literary Supplement wrote about the book.

She also wrote ''We did nothing", about the peace missions of the United Nations in Rwanda and Somalia, about which The Guardian wrote: 'This book recalls the reportage of Ryszard Kapuscinski and the black humor or Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene's fiction'.

Polman's reportages, columns and background articles were published in, among others, De Volkskrant, De Morgen, Granta and GEO and her work was highlighted by numerous international media, including Jon Stewart's The Daily Show and by Philip Gourevitch in The New Yorker.

For her penultimate book, 'Death Row Dollies', about European women who link their fate to that of sentenced people in the US, she resided regularly in Texas for a period of more than 10 years. 

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Linda Polman
Humanitarian aid, United Nations, Humanitarian and Military Interventions, European refugee policy

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Nobody wants them. Europe and its refugees.

  • Migration

This story about European 'refugee management' starts in the summer of 1938 in the stately French spa town of Evian, at the first international summit about the refugee crisis in Europe. The number of Jews who tried to escape from the Nazi occupied territorium had exploded: reception places were needed urgently.