By Carol Bergman
One other Day in Paradise is an anthology of first-person tales through overseas relief employees. Written via energetic relief staff and spanning the new spots of the globe from Afghanistan to Cambodia, Rwanda to Vietnam and Ecuador to Bosnia, those tales inform it love it rather is at the floor. protecting average catastrophe, battle and all-too-fragile peace, those tales open an uncensored window onto the lives of reduction employees and the triumphs and tragedies of the folk they try to assist
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She’s as sweet as tupelo honey, she’s an angel of the first degree,” he sings, in his gravelly voice. No honey for me tonight, though I’m too tired to care. I try to read my New York Review of Books. It arrives regularly, though usually six weeks out of date. The contrast between its exquisitely honed intellectual, New York sensibility and the realities of my daily life is a source of fascination and frustration. Its esoteric obscurity often infuriates me: Are these issues that intelligent people should be worrying about?
François called me from his • 59 • ADIP int. mech. pgs 1-80 UK 9/5/03 10:29 AM Page 60 A N O T H E R D AY I N PA R A D I S E office. Driving, he had seen people running for cover but hadn’t heard the bomb. For what seemed like weeks afterward, French fighter planes—les mirages—roared into the airport in the early morning hours. As I took my shower, their engines whistled through the bathroom tiles. I turned off the water and listened, anticipating the shift in sound to the bomber’s scream. A few months later, as my contract neared completion, my boss asked me if I wanted to stay on.
This is an impressive landscape, and it stirs me; I feel as though I am peering into the past. As with most of the earth’s mountains, valleys, and plains, the Andes have been slowly sculptured by uplifts and erosion over millennia. Often, while gazing upon these natural wonders, I remember that nothing is permanent on the earth, all is change, all in balance. Volcanic eruptions, despite their dangers, are essential to the evolution of life. THE FIRST MORNING in Ecuador we head for Pelileo, a small town located about fifteen kilometers north of Tungurahua.
Another day in paradise : front line stories from international aid workers by Carol Bergman