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Living in Emergency

June 13, 2010

Special screening of Living in Emergency in town this weekend.This phenomenal documentary on Doctors without Borders followed four main doctors in Liberia and Congo during the war.

Wow. I have so much respect for these doctors who are treating people who in many cases have never seen a doctor. They aren’t just in trouble because there is a war. Their country literally just doesn’t have medical facilities. Amazing to watch the doctors risk their lives and their sanity in horrific conditions with limited supplies.

Most doctors do one six month tour and never return. You can see why. Two of the four in the movie were new recruits. One a young man in his twenties, the other was a surgeon looking for more from life. The two other doctors followed have been with Doctors without Borders for years.

During the Haiti earthquake, I donated to Doctors without Borders. In his memoir, Anderson Cooper said that their scaled-down operation was able to do good more quickly than more bureaucratic operations.

I was already glad to support them, but this movie increased my respect tenfold.

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