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  • "Many of the agencies, in particular World Vision, are as devoutly anti-Communist as they are deeply Christian. They have come to Ethiopia, not only to perform the corporal work of saving lives, but the spiritual work of saving souls from dialectical materialism. Some of the other agencies call World Vision 'Blurred Vision' and tell bitchy stories about World Vision's notion of a 'feeding table' being surrounded by 'dinky li'l chairs'.
    It is taken as read that World Vision is the spiritual arm of the CIA, a charge the more gung-ho workers do not even bother to rebut. Most of the journalists struggling to see anything of Ethiopia are obliged to beg rides on World Vision aircraft, a propaganda opportunity that World Vision would be foolish to waste, for its massive budget, $72 million to spend in Ethiopia in 1985 alone, must be fuelled by constant fund-raising."
    - 'Resetlement, Ethiopia, 1985', Germaine Greer in The Madwoman's Underclothes.

    September 1, 2008