"For most people, mercifully, natural disasters are things that happen on the telly, to other people. The Humanitarian takes you 'there' - to a place where ordinary people are left to fathom the unfathomable. Goss's intimate interweaving of fact and fiction around the 2005 Kashmir earthquake disaster takes readers to places they will never forget and, God-willing, they will never have to go."
Peter Foster, Daily Telegraph
'Even if just one person's life is changed for the better, then it is all worthwhile'
The Humanitarian a novel by Andrew Goss
A devastating earthquake strikes without warning, sweeping away the fragile infrastructure of Pakistan’s Himalayan sub-ranges within a few seconds. The earthquake claims the lives
of 80,000 people, injures some 100,000, leaving more than
3.5 million without shelter. And the bitter winter is moving in.
Against this backdrop, a multi-national team of aid workers is drawn from across the world in a race against time to assist survivors under intense physical and emotional pressure.
The events following the disaster, their effect on local communities and the mix of international staff thrown together in extreme circumstances, are seen through the eyes of British journalist John Cousins, the accidental ‘humanitarian’ of the story.
Cousins finds himself at the centre of conflicting interests played out against the highly charged disaster scenario. The events he bears witness to in the remote mountain areas are both heart-breaking and inspiring.
Above all, The Humanitarian is a compelling story of courage, compassion and political intrigue in the wake of a devastating natural disaster.
Andrew Goss is a former print journalist, aid worker and humanitarian reporter. His work has led him to travel
extensively and for several years he lived in Pakistan, where
he supported the aid and development sector.
He is a passionate advocate of education for the world’s
poorest, and specifically girls and young women.
Andrew lives in Leicester, in the heart of England, with his partner Claire, a nurse and former aid worker.
Between them they have six children:
David, Johnathon, Emily, Ella, Lucy and Jalal.
Andrew's dream is that one day the poorest across the southern hemisphere are freed from poverty through greater equality
of opportunity and fairer distribution of wealth – and that finally we learn to live as one.
He hopes one day to return to Pakistan.
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