Marianne Elliott, author of Zen Under Fire

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 6:30pm

Marianne Elliott is a human rights advocate, writer, and yoga teacher who is passionate about using story to support conscious activism in the world. She served in the United Nations mission in Afghanistan with a focus on human rights and gender issues, helped develop human rights strategies for the governments of New Zealand and East Timor and worked as Policy Advisor for Oxfam. Her most recent book Zen Under Fire is a vivid account of her experiences living and working for the United nations in Afghanistan.

In 2006 Marianne Elliott, a human rights lawyer from New Zealand, was stationed with the UN in Herat. Several months into her new role a tribal leader is assassinated while she is in charge of the local UN office. She must defuse the situation before it leads to widespread bloodshed.

And this is just the beginning of her story in Afghanistan.

Zen Under Fire is a vivid account of Marianne’s experience living and working in the world’s most notorious battlefield. As well as sharing the incredible details of her UN role, Marianne tells the very personal story of the shattering effect that the high-stress environment had on her and her relationships, and asks what it really means to do good in a country that is under siege from within.

This is an honest, moving and at times terrifying true story of a woman’s time peacekeeping in one of the most dangerous places on earth.

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ISBN: 9781402281112
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sourcebooks - June 1st, 2013