By Leanne Olson
Those are the journals of Leanne Olson, a Canadian nurse who for 4 years labored in warfare zones world wide, supplying drugs in Bosnia, helping rural hospitals in Africa, delivering relief to humans in desire. She used to be one of many first foreigners at the scene of the Mokoto bloodbath in Zaire, the place greater than 100 humans have been killed via machete-wielding Hutus. She spent one Christmas pinned down by means of Serbian heavy artillery with a troop of Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers. She immunized hundreds of thousands of kids in rural Liberia. and he or she has witnessed the short development of ethnic detoxification, staring at one village after one other wiped off the face of the earth.
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I really could just close my eyes and cry. The situation reports, better known as sitreps, going from Gbarnga to Monrovia and on to Amsterdam, continued to indicate a worsening security situation. Areas were closed to us more often, and the fighting moved from place to place, with fewer periods of calm in between. When we returned to Bassa, the staff had plenty of stories. The biggest one was that the NPFL had stolen a tank from ECOMOG and tried to transport it one night. House-to'house searches continued in Gbarnga, with market women being killed because they were married to Mandingos.
Apparently, there was a professor from Cuttington University who wrote a book about the whole thing, and they retaliated by killing his daughter. In Gibi, they say that some enemies of the society have been drowned in the Farmington River, and I'm still never happy crossing it on that stupid raft! Anyhow, the dancers all wore masks, and the most imposing figure was the devil himself. So the devil danced for us, and the staff were all afraid. Just the sight of him sent the house staff scurrying inside.
A hijacking occurred near Kakata. A Lutheran World Services truck from Gbarnga was looted of its extra fuel — 33 — in town. The nutritional surveys for the Grand Bassa and Bong areas were cancelled. In Yarnwellie, a town on the road to Grand Bassa that I passed every day, a SCF truck was stoned and the drivers' documents were confiscated by General Gaye's men. Driving past Totota, along the main road just outside Cuttington University compound, we saw four men stripped naked and tied to a pole in the town centre, being beaten for some infraction or other.
A Cruel Paradise: Journals of an International Relief Worker by Leanne Olson