By Leanne Olson
Those are the journals of Leanne Olson, a Canadian nurse who for 4 years labored in struggle zones worldwide, supplying drugs in Bosnia, helping rural hospitals in Africa, delivering reduction to humans in want. She was once one of many first foreigners at the scene of the Mokoto bloodbath in Zaire, the place greater than 100 humans have been killed by means of machete-wielding Hutus. She spent one Christmas pinned down via Serbian heavy artillery with a troop of Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers. She immunized millions of youngsters in rural Liberia. and she or he has witnessed the fast development of ethnic detoxification, observing one village after one other wiped off the face of the earth.
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Absolute chaos! The road has been, quiet, but there's been fighting in Compound Two, not far from the feeding centre, between the NPFL and the Liberian Peace Council (LPC). Four people from LPC were killed yesterday. Then there's United Liberation Movement for Democracy (ULIMO), the Lofa Defence Force (LDF), and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) thrown into the mix. Yet when I actually asked one of the kids at the checkpoint what he was fighting for, he told me 'freedom'. When I asked him to be a little more specific, he couldn't respond.
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. Now there's a terrific storm so maybe the lightning society had something to do with it. Apparently, there is a lot of pressure on young people to join these societies, and most of the good Christian churches are filled with society members.
They promptly arrested the drivers of both vehicles, in spite of my protests. •52 — I was instructed to wait in the car, but having heard about the things that go on in a Liberian jail, I figured my drivers didn't have much of a chance alone. I went with them up the hill to the station while Stephanie stayed behind in her car and tried to contact the base. By this time, my drivers were nervous, and I wasn't very calm myself. My heart was pounding, and I was vividly imagining a gruesome ending to all this.