On the front line: Doctor in Darfur
While wealthy nations decide whether or not the catastrophe in Darfur is genocide, Jim Fuller describes the immediacy of the crisis that the world is yet to wake up to
- By: Jim Fuller
That aid workers can be classified as one of the five Ms-mad, misfit, missionary, mercenary, or in a midlife crisis-is well known in humanitarian aid circles. Reflecting on the past nine months of my life working as a doctor for Médicines Sans Frontières (MSF), I wonder which cohort I belonged to.
A question often asked is what motivates someone to work for a humanitarian aid agency? People are complex-no surprises there-and the interplay of their motivations is often baffling and deeply personal. So I can only really speak for myself. It was something I always wanted to do. (Wasn't that what I said at my medical school interview?)
I needed to challenge myself and use all the skills I had acquired as a postgraduate doctor in an environment in which they would be most tested. I wanted to do something exciting and adventurous in an unusual environment. Above all I