A Cruel Paradise: Journals of an International Relief Worker

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Insomniac Press, 2009 - Social Science - 253 pages
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These are the journals of Leanne Olson, a Canadian nurse who for four years worked in war zones around the world, delivering medicine in Bosnia, supporting rural hospitals in Africa, providing aid to people in need. She was one of the first foreigners on the scene of the Mokoto massacre in Zaire, where more than a hundred people were killed by machete-wielding Hutus. She spent one Christmas pinned down by Serbian heavy artillery with a troop of Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers. She immunized thousands of children in rural Liberia. And she has witnessed the quick progress of ethnic cleansing, watching one village after another wiped off the face of the earth.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
The Beginning
11
Background
15
Liberia
19
Bosnia
77
Liverpool
136
Burundi
138
Zaire
155
MERLIN
201
The Great Lakes Again
205
Angola
212
Back to Liberia
222
Albania
228
Liberia Full Circle
235
Not Quite the End
247
Glossary of Terms
251

Canada
199

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About the author (2009)

Born and raised in suburban Winnipeg, Leanne Olson is a graduate of the Grace General Hospital School of Nursing and has studied at the University of Manitoba. She worked as a nurse for ten years prior to joining Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). After years in the field, she now lives in Holland with her husband, Rink, whom she met in Bosnia. She is still actively involved with international relief organizations and currently works with refugees in Holland.

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