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This review is from: Band-aid for a Broken Leg: Being a Doctor with No Borders (and Other Ways to Stay Single) (Paperback)
This book details the real story of Dr Damien Brown, a 29 year old Australian serving as a volunteer doctor in Angola with MSF - Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders). The book beautifully sums up the brilliant work completed by many MSF volunteers serving in unknown foreign countries. The book is a rollercoaster of emotions, making you sad, making you laugh, making you feeling inspire or debating the true effect of volunteer work in less economically developed countries. Damien tells the reader how an ordinary person reacts under the "interesting" conditions abroad.
Dr. Brown is sent to Mavinga, South-East Angola on his first assignment for MSF as the only doctor living there. The outpost has only basic mud huts and many landmines circling the town, scars of the long Angolan civil war. Brown goes in knowing very little of the native language of Angola, Portuguese and has an interesting six month stay in Angola. The book reveals some of the shocking and inspiring stories that occur everyday. Some notable events include: Trying to understand under trained Angolan health workers (many Ex military medics), treating malnourished babies and sterilizing surgical equipment using a basic fire.
The book also details the author's experience returning to Melbourne, Australia and serving a short time in Mozambique as well as six months in Nasir, South Sudan. The book is truly inspirational and is my personal favorite read. I would suggest if you are in any doubt of buying it - just go for it, you won't regret it!