Footprints in the Dust: Nursing, Survival, Compassion, and Hope with Refugees Around the World

Footprints in the Dust: Nursing, Survival, Compassion, and Hope with Refugees Around the World

by Roberta Gately

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Overview

The acclaimed author of Lipstick in Afghanistan weaves together the unforgettable stories of the people she helped heal in some of the most troubled places on Earth in a gripping memoir that celebrates our shared humanity.

Roberta Gately is a nurse and humanitarian aid worker who has served in war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan aiding refugees. Just the word refugee sparks conversation and fuel emotion. There are more than twenty-two million refugees worldwide and another sixty-five million who have been forcibly displaced. But who are these people? Images filter into our consciousness via dramatic photographs—but these photos only offer a glimpse into their stories. Footprints in the Dust aims to share the real stories of refugees around the world in hopes of revealing the truth about their experience.

As a young ER nurse in Boston, Roberta was stopped cold by stark images of big-bellied babies with empty haunting stares in the news. She called the aid organization featured in the news story and within two months, she was on her way. Roberta would soon learn that world into which millions of children around the globe were born was fraught with unspeakable horrors. The only certainties for so many of these children were, and remain to this day—disease and devastating injury.

Footprints in the Dust reveals the humanity behind the headlines, beginning where the newscasters end their reports. The people we meet within this riveting book are neither all saints nor all sinners—and impossible to forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681778648
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 798,223
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

A nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and writer, Roberta Gately has served in war zones around the world. She has written on the subject of refugees for the Journal of Emergency Nursing and the BBC World News Online. She speaks regularly on the plight of the world’s refugees and displaced and now lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Prologue: Iraq 2003 xiii

I Afghanistan/Pakistan 1986-1988 1

First Steps 3

Thal

Summer 1986 10

Winter 1987 17

Summer 1987 22

Chitral: Fall 1988 27

Intervening Years 37

II Africa 2001 41

A War-Torn Continent 43

Grace's Story 48

Passing Time 56

The Children of Kakuma 58

The Lost Boys 63

Interval 69

III The Balkans 2001-2002 73

A European War 75

A Comfortable Post 77

Roza and the Refugees of Kososvo 79

The Albanians 84

Waiting 89

IV Afghanistan 2002 91

Bamiyan Village 93

The People of Bamiyan 97

Early Days 101

The Children 110

Hamid's Story 116

Amir and the Distant Clinics 126

The Tragedy of Land Mines 136

The Women of Bamiyan 141

Last Days 147

The Time Between 153

V Iraq 2003 157

Preparations For War 159

Deployment 161

Waiting 166

Nasiriyah 173

Karbala 178

The Trip to Najaf 191

Najaf 202

An Emergency 209

A Night of Terror 217

Final Days 224

Homecoming 231

VI Darfur 2004 233

A Secret War 235

Back to Africa 239

Mayo 242

Meetings 246

A Place to Call Home 250

Hawa and the Terrors of the Janjaweed 257

Tawila 262

Disease and Disaster 266

Halima-Dignity and Desperation 270

Abu-Shok 274

The Continuing Genocide 277

Return to Darfur 281

Kalma Camp 284

The Janjaweed 288

The Women of Darfur 293

The Children of Darfur 298

The Truth of Darfur 301

Death in Darfur 304

A Return To Abu-Shok 307

Final Thoughts 311

Glossary 315

References 317

Acknowledgments 321

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