By Carol Bergman
One other Day in Paradise is an anthology of first-person tales through overseas reduction staff. Written via lively reduction staff 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 quite is at the flooring. masking typical 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 are attempting to aid
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Now here I am again, and as we drive past her flooded house, my heart nearly stops. I know she has been evacuated and is safe with a relative in a nearby town, but this does not shut down the anxieties. 5 meters, the water is high enough to reach rooftops that were once the homes of our project beneficiaries. Along this route roads that we once traveled for monitoring visits are completely submerged. Indeed, the area is unrecognizable. I keep reminding myself that this is a farming and not a fishing community.
Sitting there, staring at the newspaper, I thought how none of them would have really believed they could die when they signed on. Perhaps they were told Chad was dangerous, just as I had been told. But conscious as I was of the risks in my early days, I hadn’t felt them. Feeling them made all the difference. • 61 • ADIP int. mech. pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 62 An armed gang in Sierra Leone. (David Snyder) ADIP int. mech. pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 63 Part Two War ADIP int. mech. pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 64 hen I began this project, I did not expect that most of the stories would take place in conflict zones.
We embrace tightly, our round cheeks wet with tears. 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.