“Green parrots” are small winged cylinders about four inches long that have been scattered throughout regions devastated by war. These devices are in fact antipersonnel mines, and because of their playful appearance, children often mistake them for toys and are left dead or mutilated with limited access to surgical care.
This book, written by Dr. Gino Strada with a foreword by Howard Zinn, introduces us to the endless destruction that the “green parrots” have spread throughout the world. In doing so, Strada and Zinn raise an urgent question: Is it legitimate to accept war as an inevitable prospect for current and future generations?
For over twenty-five years, Dr. Strada has worked on the front lines of Afghanistan, Iraq, Peru, Bosnia, Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Angola and Sudan. He witnessed first hand the long lasting effects of war on civilian families and children. His pain, frustration and hope, as he heals wounded victims across the globe, are captured in Green Parrots.
After appearing in numerous languages since its initial publication in 1999, this English edition of Dr. Gino Strada’s book is of particular significance: as limitless war is increasingly adopted as a practical and theoretical solution to global conflict, Strada’s thoughtful, self-searching message of concern could not be more timely.
The appendix of Green Parrots contains the complete text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, approved on December 10, 1948, by the General Assembly of the United Nations, which begins by proclaiming: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
The text above is from the back cover of Green Parrots.
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Green Parrots is a reflective way to learn more about EMERGENCY USA, its work and the dire situation of the countries where it operates and that are devastated by war. If you are interested in reading this book, please click here. All proceeds benefit EMERGENCY.
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Dr. Gino Strada co-founded EMERGENCY, an international NGO, that provides high-standard, free-of-charge medical and surgical care to civilian victims of war and poverty in 1994.
Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus of History at Boston University, is best known for his book, A People’s History of the United States.