Hope in Hell

Hope in Hell

Inside the World of Doctors Without Borders

Book - 2010 | Updated 3rd ed
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More fascinating and harrowing accounts of the volunteer professionals who risk their lives to help those in desperate need.

Praise for the second edition:

"Direct and evocative, this well-written book pushes readers to the edge of a world of grueling realities not known by most Americans."
-- Choice

Doctors Without Borders (aka Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) was founded in 1971 by rebellious French doctors. It is arguably the most respected humanitarian organization in the world, delivering emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics and natural disasters as well as to many others who lack reliable health care.

Dan Bortolotti follows the volunteers at the forefront of this organization and its work, who daily risk their lives to perform surgery, establish or rehabilitate hospitals and clinics, run nutrition and sanitation programs, and train local medical personnel. These volunteer professionals:

Perform emergency surgery in war-torn regions of Africa, Asia and elsewhere
Treat the homeless in the streets of Europe
Honor cultural customs and understand societal differences that affect health care
Witness and report the genocidal atrocities so often missed by mainstream media

This new and revised third edition includes updates and new inside stories from recent relief operations, and it covers changes within the organization, such as its new emphasis on nutrition. There are also many new and revealing color photographs and insights gained from the author's 2009 trip to Haiti, where he found three different arms of MSF operating in dire conditions.

Hope in Hell is a widely acclaimed portrait of a renowned Nobel-winning humanitarian organization, revealing how Doctors Without Borders provides immediate and outstanding medical care.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, c2010
Edition: Updated 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781554076345
Branch Call Number: 610.6 BOR 2010
Characteristics: 320 p. : col. ill., col. ports. ; 23 cm


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Jul 25, 2015

This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in learning more about humanitarian aid work and the organization Medécins Sans Frontières. It includes many amazing tales of tragedy, pain, and the reality of humanitarian aid work, opposed to the romanticization it is often subject to. It was sometimes heavy on politics and not enough storytelling (though this is my personal opinion).

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