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Contributor note: ahead by means 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 pain and worry, the human situation 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 stay on the intersection of those realities are hundreds of thousands of foreign humanitarian employees -- committed women and men from many nations who go away at the back of their very own convenience and defense to stand risks, sorrows, and brutality that the majority folks can't think.

Another Day in Paradise is an anthology of first-person tales by way of overseas relief staff.

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

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They questioned my motivation. Why would I ever want to go to Chad? Their perplexity frustrated me. Why wouldn’t I? Why wouldn’t • 60 • ADIP int. mech. pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 61 Natural Disasters: Chad Rural farmers in Chad plant millet. (UN/Carl Purcell) they want to explore people, cultures, and issues beyond their own? In people I met, I equated international disinterest with self-absorption, consumerism with petty superficiality—presumptions that weren’t always fair, I realized. Several years later I was snug and safe at my desk in New York City when I read about the plane exploding between N’djamena and Paris, killing Peace Corps volunteers.

I want to stay here, and I want her to protect me. Truth is, I also want to protect her. I know that her beloved home is a disaster-prone place with a future that could repeat past misfortunes. I resist another wave of temptation to lobby her to live with me in the United States, disinclined to put her in a position to reject my invitation yet again. It only dawned on me recently that every time I urge her to join me, she must be painfully reminded of a scene between her and my mother twenty-five years ago.

Be notices the wistful expression on my face. I hesitate before responding to his concern. Apprehensive about what local Vietnamese think about me, as a Viet Kieu—an overseas Vietnamese—I’m habitually cautious about information I give out about myself, fearing other people’s judgment of me and my motives as a humanitarian worker. Pointing to the hospital, I turn to him and work up the courage to reveal that I was born here twenty-eight years ago. His warm smile encourages me to divulge more unsolicited information.

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