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An Imperfect Offering

By: James Orbinski (408/35932)
Publisher: Text Publishing ISBN: 9781921351747

In 1988 a young medical student called James Orbinski embarked on a research trip to Rwanda, confronting pain and suffering on a barely conceivable scale. Much of it, he could see, was preventable; much of it occasioned by political and economic corruption. The experience would change his life.

Subsequently, as a member of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Orbinski tended to victims of war, famine and epidemic disease the world over, returning eventually to Rwanda just as the nation was beginning its descent into the hell of massacre and genocide. Staggered by the indescribable cruelty, he struggled to regain his footing - as a doctor, humanitarian and a man,

In An Imperfect Offering James Orbinski asserts with unfailing clarity the dignity and humanity of those for whom political systems have most brutally failed. He takes us into some of the darkest hours of human history, and finds there nearly unimaginable acts of courage, and optimism. He shows too that voice, action and engaged citizenship are essential for a world that dares to hope.

September 2008

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