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 affliction and worry, the human at its worst. yet also they are areas that spotlight humanity at its most sensible -- the ability for generosity, self-sacrifice, and compassion. between those that dwell on the intersection of those realities are millions of overseas humanitarian employees -- committed women and men from many nations who depart in the back of their very own convenience and safety to stand risks, sorrows, and brutality that almost all folks can't think.
Another Day in Paradise is an anthology of first-person tales by means of overseas reduction staff.
Written by means of energetic reduction 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 ordinary catastrophe, warfare 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 try to help.
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Mech. pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 32 A N O T H E R D AY I N PA R A D I S E of long dormant volcanoes or an increase in eruption of an active volcano. In October 1999, after about eighty years in repose, the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador, a land of volcanoes, was on orange alert, one notch down from the most dangerous—red alert—threatening a major eruption. More than thirty thousand people live in the area at the foot of the volcano. I called the IDNDR (International Decade for Natural Disasters Reduction), a UN agency, also based in Geneva, to tell them about this eruption and to suggest that I travel to Ecuador to consult with the local scientists.
I dragged myself out of bed during the week to work. I forced myself to move, to find some energy to get through the day. I went on home-leave for three weeks. At the N’djamena airport soldiers searched the passengers and checked all the luggage. They looked for bombs slipped on the plane at the beginning of its route in Bangui. One plane had already made an emergency landing in Algiers because of a bomb threat. Flying to Paris, I worried that I’d be blown out of the sky. I didn’t do much at home.
Vietnamese hospitality never ceases to move me. We accept and sip the tea, concealing our fear about the water’s quality and source. Afterward, we take a brief tour. Each tent has an ancestral altar, sometimes the only possession saved from the floodwaters, a valuable asset not to be left behind. They are reminders of lineage. We are who we are because of • 44 • ADIP int. mech. 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.
Another Day in Paradise: Front Line Stories from International Aid Workers