By Carol Bergman
One other Day in Paradise is an anthology of first-person tales by means of foreign reduction staff. Written via energetic 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 fairly is at the flooring. overlaying typical catastrophe, conflict 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 are attempting to aid
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Pressed for stories, I begin to describe my first trip back to Long An as a lone backpacker, which is a foreign concept here. Momentarily, one woman unleashes a sigh of disbelief and blurts: “I can’t believe your father would allow his young daughter to travel across the world on her own. I’m not sure I’d even let my daughter go to the market by herself. ” After the women in the group nod among themselves in agreement, the conversation soon returns to the flood and the refugees. Corpses have been covered with thin cloth and • 45 • ADIP int.
Clouds, scattered, then thick, closed in, surrounding us. The plane lurched and bounced through the sky. The pilots were scared. Though their smiles were reassuring, their shoulders were set with tension. A stream of water ran down the windshield. I focused on it, certain the water was seeping inside. At that moment, with the deepest terror, I believed the windshield would rupture, the plane disintegrate. I collapsed when we landed in Sarh that day. I’d been in Chad for almost eighteen months by then.
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. It was cold. I slept, wandered shops for clothes, nonperishable foods, tapes, sheets—supplies I couldn’t find in Chad. I wanted to visit friends but didn’t have the energy. I complained to my doctor about my stomach spasms and lethargy. He sent me for X-rays and gave me a standard blood test, but he didn’t find anything abnormal.