A Billion Lives

An Eyewitness Report from the Frontlines of Humanity

Jan Egeland



Called "the world's conscience" and one of the 100 most influential people of our time by Time magazine, Jan Egeland takes us to the frontlines of war and chaos in Iraq, to scenes of ethnic cleansing in Darfur, to the ground zeroes of famine, earthquakes, and tsunamis. He challenges the first world to act. A Billion Lives is his on-the-ground account of his work in the most dangerous places in the world, where he has led relief efforts, negotiated truces with warlords, and intervened in what many had thought to be hopeless situations.


...[Egeland] evokes the immediacy and intricacy inherent in the massive international efforts undertaken to provide essential comfort to victims of the world’s most devastating manmade and natural disasters. - Carol Haggas


Jan Egeland is a Norwegian diplomat, political scientist, humanitarian leader and former Labour Party politician.