By Carol Bergman
One other Day in Paradise is an anthology of first-person tales via foreign relief staff. Written by means of lively 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 rather is at the flooring. protecting average catastrophe, battle 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 assist
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Every house still standing is cloaked in a thin layer of volcanic cinders. • 35 • ADIP int. mech. pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 36 A N O T H E R D AY I N PA R A D I S E Finally, our measurements and observations complete, it is time to leave. Past the city limits, past the roadblocks, a crowd is gathered, and the people are angry, desperate. They don’t understand why they cannot return to their homes immediately, why this is forbidden to them. Or why we have been permitted into the village. It is a difficult and scary moment.
A WOMAN with a deformed hand and a limp approaches me and asks for leftover supplies. I learn that her name is Moc The Hong. She lives in a neighboring village and is unable to receive relief because of our limited funds; we have targeted only the poorest in this geographical region. I feel so bad that the relief supplies aren’t enough for people outside this village. I search around and locate a blanket and hand it to her. She seems happy with this but keeps pointing at my hair. • 48 • ADIP int.
Which never fails to elicit a roar of laughter from her. But this time I’ll ask that our ancestors look after her in our homeland—the Mekong Delta—the birthplace of our ancestors. • 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.