By Leanne Olson
Those are the journals of Leanne Olson, a Canadian nurse who for 4 years labored in conflict zones around the globe, supplying drugs in Bosnia, assisting rural hospitals in Africa, offering relief to humans in want. She used to be one of many first foreigners at the scene of the Mokoto bloodbath in Zaire, the place greater than 100 humans have been killed by means of machete-wielding Hutus. She spent one Christmas pinned down via Serbian heavy artillery with a troop of Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers. She immunized millions of youngsters in rural Liberia. and he or she has witnessed the fast growth of ethnic detoxification, looking at one village after one other wiped off the face of the earth.
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I can tell you where I'd like to drive the son of a bitch to! Poor Denis, this wasn't his week either. The twenty-ton truck he was driving from Monrovia to Gbarnga overturned on the tarmac road. We managed to salvage most of the supplies, but it took all our vehicles, and we had to leave the field early to help. I even had to bring the general to the road to try to maintain some order. By the end of March, a lot of changes had taken place within the team. 1 coordinator, and a man named T >n as the new logistical and field a.
There was no sign of him when I returned. We started hearing rumours; Nixon Gaye was in Abidjan, some 100, 300, 500 men and boys were taken from their homes at night. The big generals were either out of the country or in Gbarnga, so they had the excuse of supposedly not being there at the time. People were scared, and tensions were rising. April 2, 1994: Margibi is a ghost town! There are estimates that up to 1,000 young boys and men have now been abducted. The stories abound — they are working in the diamond mines, working on Nixon's sugar cane and rice farms, they have been recruited into the army and are training in the Firestone plantation.
Once I got my hands on a big, fat spy novel and the rest of the team, including the SCF people, had to draw lots to see who would get to read it next. Ros from SCF won and he took the book with him on vacation. Unfortunately, upon his return the pilot made a slight miscalculation when landing in Monrovia, and the plane went right off the end of the runway into a soccer field. Ros waited patiently while everybody else injured themselves rushing off the plane, but when he saw smoke and flame filling the cabin behind him, he figured he'd waited long enough.
A Cruel Paradise: Journals of an International Relief Worker by Leanne Olson