A Cruel Paradise: Journals of an International Relief Worker


The journals of a nurse who worked with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders in war zone of Liberia, Bosnia, Burdundi, Zaire, Angola and Albania.
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The journals of a nurse who worked with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders in war zone of Liberia, Bosnia, Burdundi, Zaire, Angola and Albania.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781895837827
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/1999
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in suburban Winnipeg, Leanne Olson is a graduate of the Grace General Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse for ten years prior to joining Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). After years in the field, she now lives in Holland with her husband, Rink, whom she met in Bosnia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    something else you could do with your life

    'A cruel paradise' is stunning! The author writes in a very personal, emotional, witty yet realistic way about her experiences as an international relief worker for MSF (Nobel Peace Price Winner 1999) and Merlin. The author experienced the cruelties of Burundi, Sierra Leone, the former Zaire and Bosnia and gives you a rare and unique insight to stories that sometimes dominated world news but even more often were forgotten. As a Canadian nurse the author started to work for the international aid agency Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors withour Borders) and gives a shivering personal account of all the horrors she encountered in (civil) warzones. But at the same time shows you how aid agencies work with all their good and bad choices and motivations. Learn more about the motivation and idealism of someone who went beyond her own fear and doubts to try to do some good for her fellow men. It's a life almost none of us want to go but still fascinates. Her stories hold your breath from the first till the last page. Read it!

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