We've all heard of Live Aid, but what is the truth on the ground? What is it like to head a UN food convoy through Uganda and on up through the Sudan, a country torn by civil war for so many years? In this riveting account, Harvey Mann retraces his steps through just such a journey. Suffering heat, desperate roads, government bombing raids and the often less than legal attentions of the police, Harvey Mann and his mechanic, Abdul, guide the convoy of 25 trucks laden with grain and maize through the violent but often life-affirming peoples and expanses of central east Africa. But was it worth it? The closer Mr Mann gets to his destination the more concerned he becomes with the value of his mission and, in particular, the final destination of the food. For those interested in the politics and realities of UN food distribution The Wages of Fear is a gripping read.