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An imperfect offering : dispatches from the medical frontline

Author: James Orbinski
Publisher: London : Rider, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Humanitarian action for the 21st century by the founder of Médecins Sans Frontières (Canada). In 1988, James Orbinski, then a medical student in his twenties, embarked on a year-long research trip to Rwanda. Investigating the conditions of paediatric AIDS in Rwanda, James confronted widespread pain and suffering. Fuelled by the injustice of what he had seen in Rwanda, Orbinski helped establish the Canadian chapter  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: James Orbinski; James Orbinski
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Orbinski
ISBN: 9781846041020 1846041023
OCLC Number: 276648832
Notes: Originally published: 2008.
Description: xi, 431 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One. 1. Stories are all we have --
2. His beautiful eyes and my new shoes --
3. In Rwanda, we danced --
4. Searching for humanitarian space: MSF in Somalia --
5. Afghanistan: no scars, no story, no life ---
Part Two. 6. An undoing ---
Part Three. 7. Refugees in Zaire: fear of what they know, fear of what we cannot see --
8. The politics of being apolitical: humanitarian action in North Korea, Kosovo and the Sudan --
9. Creating a world of possibility: the fight for essential medicines --
10. Ummera: always we begin again ---
Epilogue: what you can do.
Responsibility: James Orbinski.

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At the same time, he addresses what part each of us can play, so that we never lose sight of the dignity of those being helped, or deny them the right to act in their own lives. His conclusion is  Read more...

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