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ISBN-10: 1849776067

ISBN-13: 9781849776066

Contributor note: ahead by way of John LeCarre
Publish yr note: First released in 2003 via EarthScan

Sudan, Rwanda, Somalia, Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Gaza Strip...

Places that evoke scenes of incredible agony and worry, the human at its worst. yet also they are areas that spotlight humanity at its most sensible -- the potential for generosity, self-sacrifice, and compassion. between those that dwell on the intersection of those realities are hundreds of thousands of foreign humanitarian employees -- committed women and men from many nations who depart in the back of their very own convenience and protection to stand risks, sorrows, and brutality that almost all people can't think.

Another Day in Paradise is an anthology of first-person tales via overseas reduction staff.

Written by means of lively relief employees and spanning the recent spots of the globe from Afghanistan to Cambodia, Rwanda to Vietnam and Ecuador to Bosnia, those tales inform it love it rather is at the flooring. protecting traditional catastrophe, struggle and all-too-fragile peace, those tales open an uncensored window onto the lives of reduction employees and the triumphs and tragedies of the folks they try to help.

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50 • ADIP int. mech. ” There’s a major boulevard in N’djamena that must have been beautiful once. Amid the gutted buildings and tarmac pocked by mortars, some peach archways have survived. They stand in the shade of trees, a pastel colonnade, lining each side like so many French roads. Relief workers who had been to Chad before the Libyan-backed civil war confirmed N’djamena’s former beauty. Like Beirut used to be, they told me. For a long time I wasn’t scared when I drove down this avenue. Impressed, excited even, but not scared.

Pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 63 Part Two War ADIP int. mech. pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 64 hen I began this project, I did not expect that most of the stories would take place in conflict zones. As a child of refugees, I resisted this sad reality for a long time, until I could resist it no longer. The war stories came in at an unrelenting pace. As I write, almost one in five of the 191 nations in the world is at war—declared or undeclared—with another nation or within its own borders.

Mech. pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 58 A N O T H E R D AY I N PA R A D I S E In 1984, refugees in Chad flee drought-stricken areas for the town of N’djamena. (UN Photo 154290/John Isaac) I asked him if I should be tested for parasites, but he seemed uncertain how to even go about it. When I suggested hepatitis, he shook his head. ” I returned to Chad. Within two weeks I started throwing up everything I ate. A colleague stopped me one morning and asked if I’d looked in the mirror. “Look at your eyes,” he said.

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