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1 J. Int'l Humanitarian Action 1 (2016)

handle is hein.journals/jinthuma1 and id is 1 raw text is: Smith Journal of International Humanitarian Action (2016) 1:1
DOI 10.1186/s41018-016-0001-0

Journal of International
Humanitarian Action

Review of 'In the Eyes of Others: How People
in Crises Perceive Humanitarian Aid' Caroline
Abu-Sada (ed.) and 'Dilemmas, Challenges,
and Ethics of Humanitarian Action:
Reflections on Medecins Sans Frontieres'
Perception Project' Caroline Abu-Sada (ed.)
James Dominic Smith
Book details
Abu-Sada C (ed.)
In the Eyes of Others: How People in Crises Perceive Humanitarian Aid
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2012
ISBN: 978-1475211832
Abu-Sada C (ed.)
Dilemmas, Challenges, and Ethics of Humanitarian Action: Reflections on Medecins Sans Frontieres' Perception
Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press; 2012
ISBN: 978-0773540866
Keywords: Perception, Humanitarian principles, Humanitarian space, Access

Painting pickups pink and the perception of
humanitarian aid
Painting pickups pink has become an operational
imperative for certain humanitarian agencies working in
conflict and other unstable contexts.
Drawing    on  the   experience  of   Medecins   Sans
Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in        Ituri
Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, In The
Eyes of Others opens with a decision made by the organ-
isation in 2005 to repaint its all-terrain vehicles a bright
shade of pink. This decision was driven by far more than
the desire for a change of aesthetic and is illustrative of
a number of emerging challenges that threaten the hu-
manitarian space within which humanitarian agencies
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are able to safely operate; as MSF continued to imple-
ment its medical programmes in Ituri Province, the
United Nations peacekeeping force active in the region
launched military operations with the aim of disarming
local militia. The peacekeepers operated in white jeeps
that were difficult to distinguish from MSF's own vehi-
cles. Fearing that combatants could mistake MSF staff
and patients for armed UN soldiers, the organisation
implemented measures that it hoped would set MSF
apart from other agencies and organisations working in
the region.
Leaving the pink pickups as a precedential program-
matic decision against which to contextualise the discus-
sion that follows, the authors proceed to describe MSF's
Perception Project, a four-year study implemented
between 2007 and 2010. Almost 7000 stakeholders
including crisis-affected people, community leaders,
politicians, military personnel, MSF employees, and

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