Journal article

Humanitarianism and Child Refugee Sponsorship. The Spanish Civil War and the Global Campaign of Esme Odgers

Joy Damousi

Journal of Women's History | Johns Hopkins University Press | Published : 2020


This article explores the humanitarian work of the Australian Communist Esme Odgers during the Spanish Civil War. Odgers’s story highlights the child sponsorship program as a humanitarian technique, which has yet to be fully discussed within the history of Spanish humanitarian aid. Odgers’s detailed letters written during the war offer unique insights into the material, social, and psychological conditions under which humanitarian workers labored, suggesting that such an activity was a multifaceted and unpredictable experience. An examination of this dimension allows for an exploration of emotions that are expected to be repressed by humanitarian workers, where the expression of individual e..

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