By Carol Bergman
One other Day in Paradise is an anthology of first-person tales through overseas relief employees. Written through energetic relief staff 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 quite is at the floor. masking common catastrophe, conflict and all-too-fragile peace, those tales open an uncensored window onto the lives of reduction employees and the triumphs and tragedies of the folk they are attempting to assist
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I didn’t do much at home. It was cold. I slept, wandered shops for clothes, nonperishable foods, tapes, sheets—supplies I couldn’t find in Chad. I wanted to visit friends but didn’t have the energy. I complained to my doctor about my stomach spasms and lethargy. He sent me for X-rays and gave me a standard blood test, but he didn’t find anything abnormal. • 57 • ADIP int. 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.
Pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 45 Natural Disasters: Vietnam our ancestors’ deeds and are inextricably linked to them in the course of our life on earth. Mom used to say, “Go, bow to your ancestors and ask them to bless you,” every time my siblings and I had to take exams. Of course, she made us study, too. Families also have other needs: rice, water-purification tablets, a small boat, fishing gear. Tran Thi Cuc points to her wrecked boat: “We can’t rely on handouts. None of the assistance lasts long.
This is when the program officer becomes the beneficiary. Standing there, I feel proud of my chosen profession. Few understood why I wanted to go back to Vietnam in the early 1990s, at a time when Vietnam had few visitors and was still largely isolated. ” But I refrain and reply with professional optimism instead: “We assessed the flood situation three weeks ago and promised that we would be back with assistance. ” I am momentarily speechless. Questions float in my head: Was it a need to reunite with my family?
Another day in paradise : front line stories from international aid workers by Carol Bergman