By Leanne Olson
Those are the journals of Leanne Olson, a Canadian nurse who for 4 years labored in struggle zones all over the world, supplying drugs in Bosnia, assisting rural hospitals in Africa, delivering reduction to humans in want. She was once one of many first foreigners at the scene of the Mokoto bloodbath in Zaire, the place greater than 100 humans have been killed via machete-wielding Hutus. She spent one Christmas pinned down via Serbian heavy artillery with a troop of Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers. She immunized millions of kids in rural Liberia. and he or she has witnessed the fast development of ethnic detoxification, looking at one village after one other wiped off the face of the earth.
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They're a good team, and Henrietta manages well. Later this week I'm going to Man for my first break. Has it been seven weeks already? I can't believe it! I've never worked this hard in my life. I'm up at 6:30 for breakfast, which is fruit and bread, then down to base at 7 to pack my two cars, gather staff and supplies, then find out who else is going in my direction so we can travel together. And there are always a dozen people who need a ride, or need help, or need a job: or there's trouble with the number of vaccines; or I have to bring drug supplies along to the clinics for Deb or Stephanie, et cetera.
Moments like those were so lovely and peaceful, you could almost believe there wasn't a war going on. Except, of — 39 — course, for the missing people, the threatened and frightened staff and the constant undercurrent of tension. For Easter, the entire staff gathered for dinner, an unusual occurrence as we were spread out over four houses and rarely ate together. Usually, we only assembled as a group for morning arguments over the day's destination and the evening's return or for the regular security meetings.
The national staff also got involved in making posters for the feeding centres and clinics to advertise upcoming vaccination campaigns, and sent letters to the areas to encourage all women and children to attend. Sometimes the younger, teenaged women would be very reluctant to receive their first tetanus shot. If Marietta couldn't persuade them and Henrietta couldn't threaten them, we'd get the womanizing 'TT' Toe to charm them into agreeing. His real name was Wampole, but as he was responsible for giving all the tetanus toxoid shots to the women, we nicknamed him TT.
A Cruel Paradise: Journals of an International Relief Worker by Leanne Olson