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Heart of Darfur

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This is the heart-breakingly honest and tender account of a nurse's struggle to help in the middle of the humanitarian disaster that is Darfur.
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton
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If ever there was a sense of purpose in my life, it was Darfur and the work that I could do. Small steps and small successes. That was all I could claim and I wanted to keep going. I wanted to try. (332)

Blaker says this sort of thing more than once, and it's not that I don't believe her: I believe that she's committed to (and good at) her work as a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières, that she wants, wholeheartedly, to make a difference, that on many levels the uncertainty and fear and trauma of...more
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1. New Zealander Lisa French-Blaker recounts her tough time as an aid worker in the civil war in Darfur. Read by Federay Holmes.

2. Lisa tries frantically to treat some desperate refugees. But in Darfur there's a strict curfew in force.

3. A terrifying confrontation with armed government troops prevents Lisa treating those dying around her.

4. Overwhelmed by the numbers needing treatment in Darfur, Lisa begins to feel unable to cope.

5. With anot...more
Banu Altunbas
Working for MSF and working in Darfur at the moment (2 years after Lisa's experience), I found her writing self-centered, tear jerking and self pitying and absolutely ego centric and de-meaning to the rest of the MSF expatriates.

I felt upset reading about the story, even though some parts of the book reflect the situation then and even now in Darfur, she has to deal with her own problems before writing a book.

I didn't enjoy the book at all..
Chanel Ryall
Too self centered and weepy for my liking. I was hoping to learn more about darfur and its people's but found the book way too focused on Lisa's struggles to cope with her experience ( though to be fair it was perfectly understandable) but just doesn't make for a good or interesting read. The book would have benefitted greatly from a good editor, it was very repetitive!
May 12, 2012 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
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New Zealander Lisa French-Blaker recounts her tough time as an aid worker in the civil war in Darfur.
Rachel (Sfogs)
This was an incredably moving book.
A moving book!! Very compelling!!
Lindsay Eaton
Horrifying yet compelling
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