THE MAIN PROTAGONIST
Jordi Raich Curcó (Barcelona 1963) studied Biology at the Central University of Barcelona and Law and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Since 1986, he has worked in humanitarian aid as a project coordinator, evaluator, researcher and consultant in epidemics, earthquakes, famines and, especially, wars.
He has worked in Equatorial Guinea, Peru, El Salvador, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Angola, Mozambique, Mauritania, Georgia, Guatemala, Zaire, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, where he resided for three years, Guantanamo Bay, Washington, New York, Tajikistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Sudan, and Colombia.
In Spain, he was the Director of External Relations for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and is a founding member of Architects Without Borders (ASF). He is also an associate researcher, specializing in humanitarian operations, ethics and law, of the Institute for Conflict Studies and Humanitarian Action (IECAH). He has also been a delegate of protection and Head of Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
This Spaniard’s famously nicknamed, “el pasa-fronteras” (the border-dodger) following his illegal entry into Zaire, spent three weeks imprisoned in Uganda accused of spying for the CIA, was lost in the Somali desert with the Italian army waiting for a general who never arrived, was attacked because of the wounded he saved from the bombing of Vukovar’s hospital, distributed food under the fire from the rebellion’s mortars during the siege to Monrovia and jogged alongside the guards of Guantánamo’s prison. Today he is the head of the ICRC in Somalia.
“When nothing goes right, go left” Jordi Raich
No negotiator works alone. Besides them, there are many different and prominentfigures, because although all conflicts have similarities no two are the same.
Here are some of the personalities that we intend to interview in order to offer a kaleidoscopic vision of the negotiation process around the world.