Another day in paradise : front line stories from by Carol Bergman

By Carol Bergman

One other Day in Paradise is an anthology of first-person tales by means of foreign relief employees. Written via lively reduction 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 rather is at the flooring. overlaying ordinary catastrophe, conflict and all-too-fragile peace, those tales open an uncensored window onto the lives of relief staff and the triumphs and tragedies of the folk they try to assist

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The pangs in my stomach return as I feel the longing sensation of home. Grandmother’s right eyebrow lifts as if a thought has come to her. Tugging at my shirtsleeve, she asks, “Were you here a couple of weeks ago? Some of my friends saw you on TV passing out rice and fishnets to villagers in Tan Lap. ” My lips curl up in shame as the confession begrudgingly seeps out. I tell her how sorry I am for not contacting her sooner because of my hectic schedule. Expecting a lecture, I get a Mona Lisa smile instead.

Their tiny hands wave wildly in the air. ” We promise to return. FURTHER ALONG on our journey a community of roadside tents is abuzz with a makeshift clinic, café, and a hodgepodge of markets. People here seem to have adjusted to temporary life by carrying on with their business. We come across an awning made up of colorful collages of rice bags and discover a hair salon underneath. Women in curlers dangle their feet in the air while gossiping with their friends and barking at their mischievous children.

Pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 49 Natural Disasters: Vietnam Another woman nearby laughs as she explains that Ms. Hong ekes out a living by plucking people’s gray hairs, painlessly. Charging less than fifteen cents a head, she makes a dollar a day and manages to eat. Judging from the amount of gray hair on my head, she will be able to feed herself for an entire month. I obligingly bend down and become the focal point of entertainment for the children. As soon as Seth bursts into laughter, I point out gray hair on him and suggest that he could be the next customer.

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