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We Shared The Peeled Orange: The Letters of "Papa Louis" from the Thai-Cambodian Border Refugee Camps 1981-1993
by Louis Braile
"We Shared the Peeled Orange" is uniquely the story of Dr. Braile and his amazing life of service to people forced to flee their homes because of war and oppression---the world's refugees. But this collection of letters is also a window through which we can glimpse the lives of thousands of unknown heroes, men and women, young and old, who work every day to help the ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Syren Book Company
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Between 1981 and 1993 Dr Louis Braile worked on the Thai-Cambodian border, first in a number of refugee camps and finally at a hospital at Mongkol Borei in northwestern Cambodia. Gentle, introspective and compassionate, his descriptions of his experiences are vivid and often poignant while quietly modest about the author’s own dedication to long hours under grueling conditions. Dr Braile worked in virtually every area of medicine, in unsanitary and often unsafe conditions, and dealt with death ...more
This is a classic book for those interested in humanitarian aid. It is also a standard for the organization I work at, American Refugee Committee. It gave me a good glimpse into the life and work of expats out in the field at refugee camps. Louis went on 10 different tours with ARC to Thailand and this book is made up of his almost daily letters to his wife on each tour.