It Happened On the Way to War by Rye Barcott
A Marine's Path to Peace

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In 2000 Rye Barcott spent part of his summer living in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. He was a college student heading into the Marines, and he sought to better understand ethnic violence-something he would likely facelater in uniform. He learned Swahili, asked questions, and listened to young people talk about how they survived in poverty he had never imagined. Anxious to help but unsure what to do, he stumbled into friendship with awidowed nurse, Tabitha Atieno Festo, and a hardscrabble community organizer, Salim Mohamed.Together, this unlikely trio built a non-governmental organization that would develop a new generation of leaders from within one of Africa's largest slums. Their organization, Carolina for Kibera (CFK), is now a global pioneer of the movement called Participatory Development, and washonored by Time magazine as a "Hero of Global Health." CFK's greatest lesson may be that with the right kind of support, people in desperate places will take charge of their lives and create breathtaking change.Engaged in two seemingly contradictory forms of public service at the same time, Barcott continued his leadership in CFK while serving as a human intelligence officer in Iraq, Bosnia, and the Horn of Africa. Struggling with the intense stress of leading Marines in dangerous places, he took thetools he learned building a community in one of the most fractured parts of Kenya and became a more effective counterinsurgent and peacekeeper.It Happened on the Way to War is a true story of sacrifice and courage and the powerful melding of military and humanitarian service. It's a story of what America's role in the world could be.

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Rye Barcott founded Carolina for Kibera (CFK) with Salim Mohamed and Tabitha Atieno Festo while he was an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. After graduation, he served as a Marine for five years on active duty. In 2006 ABC World News named then Captain Barcott a Person of the Year for his dual service to Kibera and the Marine Corps. As a Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, he earned master's degrees in business and public administration from Harvard. He is currently a member of the World Learning Board of Trustees and a TED Fellow living in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Published March 29, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, War, History. Non-fiction

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Barcott's accomplishments—he's a retired Marine Corps captain and co-founder of a nonprofit organization serving Kenyan youth—provide the background for this debut memoir.

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Portland Book Review

Barcott is a young man who began an organization to help the people of Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa, help themselves, and his story of how he got from doing research in the slum just outside of Nairobi, Kenya, to working every spare second to help them, is inspiring.

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Marine Corps Gazette

They are the characteristics that drove him to success as a student, Marine, and business executive and that enabled him, with the help of his partners, to turn a vague idea about strategies to mitigate ethnic conflict into a sustainable, locally led NGO that impacts thousands of lives and establ...

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Marine Corps Gazette

The friendship of Barcott, Festo and Mohamed is central to the story, but in an effort to spread the credit for the things he and his small team achieved, Barcott overdoes the details and dialogue.

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