Dr. Samantha Nutt
Founder and Executive Director of War Child in North America
A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid and foreign policy, Dr Samatha Nutt is one of the most intrepid and recognized voices in the humanitarian arena. With a career that has spanned more than two decades and dozens of conflict zones, her international work has benefited many thousands of war-affected children globally.
As an original thinker and charismatic personality, Dr. Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America's leading media outlets. She is a regular foreign affairs panelist on the acclaimed news program, CBC's The National. Nutt’s written work has been published by Maclean’s Magazine, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and The Huffington Post, among many others, and she has been appeared in More Magazine, Marie Claire, and on NBC Nightly News, WGN, and NPR, to name just a few.
Samantha Nutt graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University, earned an M.Sc in Public Health with distinction from the University of London and holds a Fellowship in Community Medicine (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is further certified by the College of Family Practice and completed a sub specialization in women’s health through the University of Toronto as a Women’s Health Scholar. Dr. Nutt is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and the U.S.A.
Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women's College Hospital in Toronto and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Executive Director of War Child Canada/War Child U.S.A., and is on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.
Dr. Nutt’s critically acclaimed book, entitled Damned Nations, was a #1 bestseller in Canada. Damned Nations was released on October 25, 2011 through McClelland & Stewart Ltd., and is available in North America. Lewis Lapham declared it a “brave and necessary book,” while the Literary Review of Canada called it a “brilliant polemic.” Damned Nations is a bracing and uncompromising account of Dr. Nutt’s work in some of the most devastated regions of the world.
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Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid
For readers of Christopher Hedges, Robert Fisk, and Christopher Hitchens, an extraordinary humanitarian gives us a bracing and uncompromising account of her work in some of the most devastated corners of the world -- and a new and provocative vision for changing course on our growing militarization.
In 1995, twenty-five-year-old Samantha Nutt, a recent medical-school graduate and a field volunteer for UNICEF, touched down in Baidoa, Somalia, "the City of Death." What she saw there -- gangs of young men roaming the streets armed with rocket launchers; a woman in a clinic line holding a dead baby; an aid agency working in such an unsafe environment that its workers had to travel with armed escorts high on drugs -- would spur her on to a lifetime of passionate advocacy for children and families in war-torn areas around the world.
Damned Nations is the brilliant distillation of Dr. Nutt's observations over the course of fifteen years providing hands-on care in some of the world's most violent flashpoints, all the while building the world class non-profit War Child North America. Combining original research with her personal story, it is a deeply thoughtful meditation on war as it is being waged around the world against millions of civilians—primarily women and children. Nutt's boundless energy, dedication, and compassion shine through on every page as she lays out real, lasting solutions to these problems and shows how to move beyond outdated notions of charity towards a more progressive, inclusive, and respectful world view.
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