thecompassedge.net is a web project maintained by Brian Jones to log his and others' experiences while traveling to and working in regions off the standard travel map.
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Introduction by Brian JonesSadly, the number of complex humanitarian emergencies is increasing and it is all too common to read of yet another disaster, be it natural, man made or, all too frequently, both together.
The media plays a large part in our exposure to these emergencies. How often have we turned on the television or picked up a newspaper or magazine and been confronted by desperate stories of death, destruction and destitution?
All too often, it is easy to view emergencies as disconnected from ones own daily life, happening to exotic people in far away locations. All too often the stories present faceless horrors against largely faceless people.
The aim of this site is to provide a personal view of people working in these emergencies and, most importantly, of the people living the emergencies. This site will endeavour to provide written, visual and audio reports that portrays the human face of those affected and is currently under construction.
Brian Jones was born in Malaysian East Borneo where he lived until the age of four. He spent most of his childhood in the UK but on leaving school spent time in Borneo learning Malay and studying indigenous grass roots opposition to commercial logging (e.g. Dyak road blockades of commercial logging companies in Sarawak). At university he studied anthropology, which allowed him to focus on his interest in human interactions with the natural world.
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