Looking back on Rony Brauman's "Activist of Humanitarianism" career.
Rony Brauman looks back on his humanitarian career in the France Culture program "A voix nue". This series of podcasts (recorded in French) of 5 episodes entitled "Activist of Humanitarianism" is an opportunity for the former president of MSF to retrace the key events that have marked his career and explains - while trying to move away from the Bourdieusian biographical illusion - how his political commitment has structured his vision and his practices of humanitarian action.
Episode 1 : « Waking up to the fights »
Born into a Zionist family, Rony Brauman was initiated into extreme left-wing activism with his legs and his fists as his first weapons. Between intellectual apprenticeship and street fights, he recounts an intense political awakening that is still full of questions.
Episode 2 : « Care across borders »
From his first contacts with medicine, Rony Brauman kept a fascination for the hospital. But it was when he became a bush doctor in Benin and then worked in refugee camps in Thailand that he understood his vocation: to provide emergency care.
Episode 3 : « Humanitarianism in movement »
At the beginning of the 1980s, humanitarian work became more organized. Rony Brauman took over as head of Médecins sans Frontières in 1982. The first years were turbulent, with strong internal debates and an impressive increase in the number of fields of action.
Episode 4 : « The lesser evil : aid and its dilemmas »
How to act as a humanitarian worker when aid is instrumentalized? When one becomes aware of the possibility of doing more harm than good despite oneself? Since the famine in Ethiopia in the 1980s, this question has never left Rony Brauman.
Episode 5 : « Overcoming compassion »
Since the beginning of the 1990s, wars have been waged in the name of humanitarianism. Rony Brauman is not an absolute pacifist and has himself called for armed intervention on several occasions, but he is opposed to the use of humanitarianism as a pretext for war.
All episodes of the podcast "Militant de l'humanitaire" are available on France Culture.