Evaluating International Humanitarian Action: Reflections from PractitionersBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7338.683/a (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:683
- John Mitchell, senior humanitarian adviser
- British Red Cross
Eds Adrian Wood, Raymond Apthorpe, John Borton
Zed Books, £14.95/$22.50, pp 233
ISBN 1 85649 976 6
In 1936 one of the greatest English anthropologists, Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard, began his fieldwork among the Azande people in Central Africa. He discovered a world bounded by magic and witchcraft. At the heart of this culture lay an oracle that operated by feeding poison to a chicken. The Azande would answer vital questions and events around them depending on whether the chicken died or not.
Evans-Pritchard was faced with a …